Life and Times of Michael K

Life and Times of Michael K

A Novel

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140074482
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


From author of Waiting for the Barbarians and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee. His latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, will soon be available from Viking.

In a South Africa turned by war, Michael K. sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. This life affirming novel goes to the center of human experience—the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision.
Life and Times of Michael K

Life and Times of Michael K

Written by: J. M. Coetzee


Man Booker Prize for Fiction – winner
Nobel Prize in Literature – winner


“An outstanding achievment.” —Nadine Gordimer

“A major work of crystalline intensity.” —Los Angeles Times

“So purifying to the senses that one comes away feeling that one’s eye has been sharpened, one’s hearing vivified.” —The New York Times Book Review