Diary of a Bad Year
J.M. Coetzee's latest book co-written with Arabella Kurtz, The Good Story, is now available from Viking Books
Diary of a Bad Year takes on the world of politics--a new topic for Coetzee--and explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass
J.M. Coetzee once again breaks literary ground with Diary of a Bad Year, a book that is, in the words of its protagonist, a response to the present in which I find myself. Aging author Senor C has been commissioned to write a series of essays entitled Strong Opinions, of which he has many. After hiring a beautiful young typist named Anya, the two embark on a relationship that will have a profound impact on them both especially when Alan, Anya's no-good boyfriend, develops designs on Senor C's bank account. Told in these three voices simultaneously, Coetzee has created any entirely new way of telling a story, and nothing less than an involving, argumentative, moving novel (The New Yorker).
Publication Date: 29-Sep-2008
Publisher: Text Publishing Company