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Coetzee, J. M. (1940-)

J.M. Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1940.  He initially worked for a technology company in the sixties and spent a great deal of time trying to prove that logic was a man made invention.  Becoming bored with writing computer code, he commenced graduate work in the emerging field of "stylo statistics".  His PhD thesis analysed verbal patterns in Beckett's prose.  This thesis was submitted in 1969, in January 1970 he began writing Dusklands'.

Before receiving the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, Coetzee had been awarded numerous literature prizes, including the Booker Prize, the first author to win it twice.

He relocated to Adelaide in 2002 and became an Australian citizen in 2006.

Robson, Leo. "Numbers game." Times Literary Supplement, 2 September 2016, pp. 3-4.
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A review of The Schooldays of Jesus and The Slow philosophy of J.M. Coetzee and his development as a writer.

Web Resources


Digital Humanities Quarterly

Criticism and interpretation

Literature prizes


The Childhood of Jesus

  • Oates, Joyce Carol, 2013, 'Saving Grace', in The New York Times, August 29

Diary of a bad year

  • Tayler, Christopher, 2007, Just like life, in The Guardian, September 2


  • Lowry, Elizabeth, 1999, 'Like a dog' in The London Review of books, vol. 21, no. 21, October 14


  • Keane, Colleen, 2015, J.M. Coetzee's Foe: a tale of an outcast, survival and the ways truth can be told, The Age, March 9

Slow man

Waiting for the barbarians