It is up to him to somehow get beyond childhood, beyond family and school, to a new life where he will not need to pretend any more.
A young John Coetzee struggles to exert his autonomy in this perceptive evocation of his early years in the deeply divided South Africa of the 1940s. Coetzee reflects on his formative experiences with brutal insight and clarity, laying bare the intermingled joys and tragedies of childhood against a backdrop of incongruous cruelty. Boyhoodis the first of J. M. Coetzee's masterly trio of autobiographical novels, Scenes from Provincial Life.
J. M. Coetzeewas the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. He lives in Adelaide.
Liam Pieper's published works include The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, shortlisted for the National Biography Award, and The Toymaker, which received the 2017 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. Liam was the 2018 National Library of Australian Creative Arts Fellow for Australia Writing. His latest novel is Sweetness and Light.
'Exceptional...a scorched tale of race, caste, shame, and--at times--hilarious bewilderment.' New Yorker
Publication Date: 29-Sep-2020
Publisher: Text Publishing Company