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Disgrace

By J. M. Coetzee

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| Paperback | 9780143036371

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From the author of Waiting for the Barbarians and the Booker-Prize-winning Life & Times of Michael K, a dazzling new novel--his first in five years

Disgrace--set in post-apartheid Cape Town and on a remote farm in the East Continue

From the author of Waiting for the Barbarians and the Booker-Prize-winning Life & Times of Michael K, a dazzling new novel--his first in five years

Disgrace--set in post-apartheid Cape Town and on a remote farm in the Eastern Cape--is deft, lean, quiet, and brutal. A heartbreaking novel about a man and his daughter, Disgrace is a portrait of the new South Africa that is ultimately about grace and love.

At fifty-two Professor David Lurie is divorced, filled with desire but lacking in passion. An affair with one of his students leaves him jobless and friendless. Except for his daughter, Lucy, who works her smallholding with her neighbor, Petrus, an African farmer now on the way to a modest prosperity. David's attempts to relate to Lucy, and to a society with new racial complexities, are disrupted by an afternoon of violence that changes him and his daughter in ways he could never have foreseen. In this wry, visceral, yet strangely tender novel, Coetzee once again tells "truths [that] cut to the bone." (The New York Times Book Review)

"The kind of territory J.M Coetzee has made his own. . .By this late point in the century, the journey to a heart of narrative darkness has become a safe literary destination . . . Disgrace goes beyond this to explore the furthest reaches of what it means to be human: it is at the frontier of world literature."--Sunday Telegraph (UK)

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Sinceramente non so se mi è piaciuto o no, di sicuro ha tanti spunti di riflessione, in più della situazione socio-politica del Sudafrica so ben poco, ma dal libro esce fuori una terra in preda al riscatto dei sudafricani neri sulla popolazione bianc ...(continue)

    Sinceramente non so se mi è piaciuto o no, di sicuro ha tanti spunti di riflessione, in più della situazione socio-politica del Sudafrica so ben poco, ma dal libro esce fuori una terra in preda al riscatto dei sudafricani neri sulla popolazione bianca, di contrapposizione uomo-donna, di istinto che sovrasta la ragione, della vita di campagna contro la civiltà urbana, di natura che fa e DEVE fare il suo corso.
    Un finale non chiuso lascia altra perplessità.

    6.5/10

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    Marta said on Sep 19, 2014 | 1 feedback

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    bellissimo che altro aggiungere...cercatelo...e capitene il senso.

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    Maurivb said on Sep 17, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    "I'll do it. But only as long as I don't have to become a better person"

    "The question is not, How can we keep the imagination pure, protected from the onslaughts of reality? The question has to be, Can we find a way for the two to coexist?".

    Meraviglioso.

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    Valeria said on Sep 14, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Laurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student.
    he is denounced and willing to admit his guilty, but refusing to repent publicly, he ...(continue)

    After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Laurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student.
    he is denounced and willing to admit his guilty, but refusing to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.
    For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of a farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. The balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship.

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    E.T. forever ... said on Sep 14, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Mmmm...Me quedo con la sensación de haberme quedado en la superficie. Quizá es uno de esos libros en los que existe una historia previa que hay que conocer para sumergirnos mejor en los que el autor nos trata de reflejar. Es un libro muy potente y mu ...(continue)

    Mmmm...Me quedo con la sensación de haberme quedado en la superficie. Quizá es uno de esos libros en los que existe una historia previa que hay que conocer para sumergirnos mejor en los que el autor nos trata de reflejar. Es un libro muy potente y muy bien escrito. Coetzee pasa directo a mi lista de escritores a explorar.

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    Jose Original said on Aug 23, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    La legge del più forte

    Libro di rara potenza, la semplicità e l'assoluta assenza di fronzoli (tipica soprattutto degli anglosassoni) fanno da contraltare ad una vicenda spietata e quasi inumana ma nel contempo assolutamente umana nel senso più antropologico del termine. L' ...(continue)

    Libro di rara potenza, la semplicità e l'assoluta assenza di fronzoli (tipica soprattutto degli anglosassoni) fanno da contraltare ad una vicenda spietata e quasi inumana ma nel contempo assolutamente umana nel senso più antropologico del termine. L'uomo come animale tra gli animali che si comporta come tale e come tale viene valutato soppesato ed alfine scartato. Si capisce subito che non siamo di fronte ad un romanzo qualunque, questo lascia il segno, ed è un segno molto profondo in cui la prosa essenziale celebra l'assoluta predominanza della natura e della legge che essa governa: la legge del più forte. Indispensabile leggerlo per chiunque si reputi un lettore perlomeno decente.

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    mauroemara said on Aug 10, 2014 | Add your feedback

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