Boyhood: A Memoir

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byJ.m. Coetzee

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The first volume of memoirs from the two-time winner of the Booker Prize.

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Celebrated South African author J.M. Coetzee--the man behind Waiting for the Barbarians, In the Heart of the Country, Foe, Age of Iron, and the Life and Times of Michael K--chronicles a story of an altogether different kind: his own life. Boyhood, his first volume of memoirs, is an inspiring portrayal of a young boy’s childhood in Cape...

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The first volume of memoirs from the two-time winner of the Booker Prize.

J.M. Coetzee is a professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town. His many awards include the Booker Prize, twice, for The Life & Times of Michael K in 1983 and for Disgrace in 1999. He is a two-time Booker Prize winner, has also won the CNA prize, South Africa’s premier literary award (three times), the Prix Etranger F...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.77 × 5.05 × 0.47 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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Celebrated South African author J.M. Coetzee--the man behind Waiting for the Barbarians, In the Heart of the Country, Foe, Age of Iron, and the Life and Times of Michael K--chronicles a story of an altogether different kind: his own life. Boyhood, his first volume of memoirs, is an inspiring portrayal of a young boy’s childhood in Cape Town during a tumultuous era.

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“The best description of a childhood I have ever read.” -- The Times“As funny, cruel and terrifying as life itself. It is also intense and elegant, clearly the product of the complex, subtle imagination which shapes Coetzee’s outstanding fiction… As austerely beautiful as would be expected of Coetzee the artist… its aloof, edgy grace and seething passion ensure the narrative is both truthful and mysterious.” -- Irish Times“A deeply-felt and utterly compelling account of a South African childhood: the narrative style is as spare and lean as the Karoo flatlands which form its backdrop.” -- Daily Telegraph