Slow Man by J.m. CoetzeeSlow Man by J.m. Coetzee

Slow Man

byJ.m. Coetzee

Paperback | October 3, 2006

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A masterful new novel from one of the greatest writers alive.

Paul Rayment is on the threshold of a comfortable old age when a calamitous cycling accident results in the amputation of a leg. Humiliated, his body truncated, his life circumscribed, he turns away from his friends.

He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common: hers in Croatia, his in France. Tactfully and efficiently she ministers to his needs. But his feelings for her, and for her handsome teenage son, are complicated by the sudden arrival on his doorstep of the celebrated Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello, who threatens to take over the direction of his life and the affairs of his heart.

Unflinching in its vision of suffering and generous in its portrayal of the spirit of care, Slow Man is a masterful work of fiction by one of the world’s greatest writers.

From the Hardcover edition.
J. M. Coetzee’s work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life, Youth, Disgrace and, most recently, Elizabeth Costello. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.From the Hardcover edition.
Title:Slow ManFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.73 × 5.06 × 0.68 inPublished:October 3, 2006Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099490625

ISBN - 13:9780099490623


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intersections between reality and fiction: a book especially for fiction writers I was mildly interested in the story of this one-legged man until the fictional author Elizabeth Costello showed up. Then I was wildly interested. The interactions between her and the main character are fascinating. They throw new light on the relationships between reality and fiction, and on the relationships between novelists and fictional characters. I would recommend this book to writers especially. I count many of them among my friends, and have written a number of books myself, both fiction and nonfiction. The most recent are the novel Consider the Sunflowers and the creative non-fiction book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure.
Date published: 2017-01-26

Editorial Reviews

“A novel seeded with literary allusions, ironies and fictive presences . . . many-layered.”

“A mixture of penetrating insight and brittle wit that forces our attention on common terrors we don’t want to think about: the fragility of health, the loneliness of old age, the limits of medical care.”
Washington Post