- NAME: J.M. Coetzee
- OCCUPATION: Author
- BIRTH DATE: February 09, 1940 (Age: 74)
- Did You Know?: J.M. Coetzee is the first author to win Britain's Booker Prize twice (1983 and 1999).
- EDUCATION: University of Cape Town, University of Texas at Austin
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cape Town, South Africa
- AKA: J.M. Coetzee
- Full Name: John Maxwell Coetzee
- AKA: John Coetzee
- AKA: John M. Coetzee
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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The author of such novels as Disgrace and The Childhood of Jesus, J.M. Coetzee has explored the conflicts and experiences of apartheid South Africa in his work. In 2003, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Nicholas died in 1989. Coetzee and Driver settled in Adelaide, where he received a professorship at the city's university.
Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003, deemed an author "who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider," according to the Nobel Prize website. In a report in The New York Times,
the selection committee also noted that "a fundamental theme in Coetzee's novels involves the values and conduct resulting from South Africa's apartheid system, which, in his view, could arise anywhere."
Since winning the prize, Coetzee has published several novels, including Elizabeth Costello (2003), Slow Man (2005) and Diary of a Bad Year (2007). Summertime, published in 2009, is another one of the author's unusual forays into autobiography. This time around, he wrote the work as if he were already dead. In 2013, Coetzee released the novel The Childhood of Jesus.
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