?La edad de hierro es una novela de una belleza rara, dir?a incluso que existe la extra?a necesidad de esta novela.? Jordi Llovet, El Pa?s ?Este hombre es una de las voces m?s importantes de la actual Sud?frica. Gran literatura. Para m? ha sido el descubrimiento del a?o. Libro triste donde los haya, ideal para pasar una buena gripe, su lectura te hunde de tal modo que una vez tocado fondo s?lo puedes tirar para arriba. En serio, Coetzee es un escritor fuera de serie, y la novela nos da una visi?n estremecedora y ...
«La edad de hierro es una novela de una belleza rara, diría incluso que existe la extraña necesidad de esta novela.» Jordi Llovet, El País «Este hombre es una de las voces más importantes de la actual Sudáfrica. Gran literatura. Para mí ha sido el descubrimiento del año. Libro triste donde los haya, ideal para pasar una buena gripe, su lectura te hunde de tal modo que una vez tocado fondo sólo puedes tirar para arriba. En serio, Coetzee es un escritor fuera de serie, y la novela nos da una visión estremecedora y cotidiana de Sudáfrica. Ese país donde todos sabemos que las cosas están mal, pero que parece importarnos tan poco.» Pedro Almodóvar, sobre Desgracia
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature to South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, a towering literary talent “who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider.” The Academy cited the astonishing wealth of variety in Coetzee’s stories, many of which are set against the backdrop of apartheid.
John Maxwell Coetzee was born in 1940 in Cape Town, South Africa. He is of both Boer and English descent. His parents sent him to an English school, and he grew up using English as his first language.
At the beginning of the 1960s he moved to England, where he worked initially as a computer programmer. He studied literature in the United States and has gone on to teach at several American universities, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Adelaide.
Coetzee made his debut as a writer of fiction in 1974. His first book, Dusklands was published in South Africa. His international breakthrough came in 1980 with the novel Waiting for the Barbarian. In 1983 he won the Booker Prize in the United Kingdom for Life and Times of Michael K. In 1999, he became the first author to be twice awarded the Booker Prize, this time for his novel, Disgrace. In 2003, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. The Academy cited the astonishing wealth of variety in Coetzee's stories, many of which are set against the backdrop of apartheid.
In addition to his novels, Coetzee has written numerous essays and interviews. His literary criticism has been published in journals and collected into anthologies.
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Described by friends as a reclusive and private man, Coetzee did not make the trip to London in 1984 to receive the Booker Prize for Life and Times of Michael K, nor when he again won the prize for Disgrace in 1999.
His 1977 novel, In the Heart of the Country, was filmed as the motion picture Dust in 1985.
Coetzee has also been active as a translator of Dutch and Afrikaans literature.