The Master of Petersburg by J. M. Coetzee
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J M Coetzee's latest fiction centres around a Russian novelist, exiled in Dresden who returns to St Petersburg in 1869 to collect the effects of his dead step son to find himself trapped between the machinery of the state and the stirrings of rebellion.
 

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Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, which won South Africa’s highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the Life and Times of Michael K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life, and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for Disgrace, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
 
Published February 28, 1994 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. 256 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As various Dostoevskian themes wink from the lines (the ruthlessness of oppressors, father-son rivalry, the nature of death, madness), the disoriented Fyodor finds himself enamored of Anna as well as caught in Sergei's subversive activities.

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The world Coetzee conjures with burning intensity is the one we remember from Karamazov and The Possessed, and there are long, searching conversations, with a police inspector and with the remorseless Nechaev himself, that could have been penned by the Russian master.

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South African novelist Coetzee takes Fyodor Dostoyevski as his protagonist in a novel set amidst the political ferment of 19th-century Russia.

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Dostoevsky's quest - the backbone of this book - is to find the truth about his stepson's 'suicide', and so to find the boy himself again: to investigate and mourn the death, he finds, he must immerse himself in what remains of Pavel's life.

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