Elizabeth Costello

Elizabeth Costello

by J. M. Coetzee
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Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee

Since 1982, J. M. Coetzee has been dazzling the literary world. After eightnovels that have won, among other awards, two Booker Prizes, and most recently, the Nobel Prize, Coetzee has once again crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale. Told through an ingenious series of formal addresses, Elizabeth Costello is, on the surface, the story of a woman's life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling. comprehensive and satisfying. (Los Angeles Times Book Review) working of the mysterious law of the universe, touching the human in his very attempts to record the dying animal within us. (The Boston Globe) put aside. (John Banville, The Nation) provoking... Coetzee's prose is flawless. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Chronicle)

Author Biography: J. M. Coetzee is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace, both of which were awarded the Booker Prize. He is the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature, among many other literary awards. Coetzee is a professor of social thought at the University of Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780436206160
Publisher: Secker, Martin & Warburg, Limited
Publication date: 08/18/2003
Pages: 224

About the Author

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.


Adelaide, Australia

Date of Birth:

February 9, 1940

Place of Birth:

Cape Town, South Africa


B.A., University of Cape Town, 1960; M.A., 1963; Ph.D. in Literature, University of Texas, Austin, 1969

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Elizabeth Costello 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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In Elizabeth Costello, we find Coetzee confronting some of the fundamental structures of the society we have known for so long, forcing the reader to think and have an insight into life. This thought-provoking novel which is actually a collection of essays with some having been published before as lectures, is a deep but entertaining book. Coetzee uses Costello Elizabeth as a fictional character to put forward these essays and uses other characters as critics to create a dialectical outlook for the book. It is this approach that I think made this book so unique. A reader is forced to think beyond his beliefs. And in so doing, the reader is forced to evolve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is brillantly written. It's not for the amateur. This work pushes the reader to think beyond what one believes to be his/her limits: when the protagonist discovers what it means to be illimitable, one realizes that Coetzee has brought one there as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth Costello is a unique novel that presents a new perspective, not only in its format and writing-style, but moreover in the actual content. Elisabeth Costello almost reads more like heavy 'food for thought' than an actual storyline posing many facinating ethical questions. The ending of the novel is especially unique where the novel verges toward fantasy genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the author is brilliant and I loved 'Disgrace'. This book was boring.