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The Life and Times of Michael K (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. März 2005

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"A strong and memorable novel" (Guardian)

"It strikes deep inside the heart...The story is clean, clear, straight, the work of a mature imagination at full power...here is a book that will be celebrated for a long time" (Mail on Sunday)

"This is a trule astonishing novel... I finished Life & Times of Michael K in a state of elation, for all the misery and suffering it contains. I cannot recommend it highly enough" (Evening Standard)

"Beautifully written in a strong, plain, unpretentious style...distinguished by grim humour and powerful understatement" (Sunday Express)

"The quality of Coetzee's writing lies in his inner vision: dark, passionately compassionate, concerned with the nature of man" (Financial Times)

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2003

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A stunning novel but not for the faint of heart. Here are all the horrors of war, but presented on a microcosmic scale that doesn't allow the reader to substitute ultimately cold statistics (x million dead, for example) for the true havoc wreaked on an individual-by-individual basis. Statistics go down easier, and are easier to ignore; in contrast, the trajectory of the protagonist's life here is so heartbreaking as to be beyond sadness -- it changes the way you think about things. War is everywhere in this novel, yet nowhere; we encounter few soldiers and no battles, but the South Africa described here is ravaged seemingly beyond repair. It is nearly impossible to do justice to the merit and value of this book, and to Coetzee's razor-sharp focus; he says more in this short novel than lesser writers could with an ocean of words.
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Written at a time that Apartheid was still very strong, Coetzee came up with a philosophical account of life in that environment, which in this case is a surreal post-civil war South Africa with all the horrors that come with the aftermath of a civil war, especially an African civil war. However, Michael K. makes the effort to shield himself from the harshness of his environment by taking on a life of existential survival. In fact the lesson from this book applies to all environments or situations where society makes it difficult for a private person to live a personal life that is independent of the forces of the environment. Other recommended reads are Disciples of Fortune, Disgrace, The Usurper and Other Stories. I like books like this for the thought-provoking and insightful nature of the story.
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I really enjoyed this slim volume of survival on the
edges on a surreal post-civil war RSA. Michael K.'s
attempts to escape the brutality & degradation he
sees around him lead to an exploration of what we really
require to survive. Coetzee's commentary on a continually
intrusive civilization applies not only to the RSA in his
not-so-distant future (the book was written while apartheid
was still very much in force)but to all environments in
which society interferes with a personal and private attempt
to live independently. Buy, borrow, or steal this book.
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Von Ein Kunde am 19. Mai 2000
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The first thing I've read by Coetzee, and a really beautiful book. Less a "traditional" novel than a fable, it is probably not for the casual reader: it is a book of ideas, it moves slowly and requires careful reading. But it has so much to say about what it means to be human; and about man's relationship to the earth, to society, and to himself. Give it a try, and if you do, stick with it to the end. The meaning of the story reveals itself, but it goes at its own pace.
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Von Betty am 10. Januar 2000
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I have both read & taught Michael K. and consider it a privilege & stroke of luck to be alive at the same time as J. M. Coetzee. He is deeply serious; he cuts himself & his reader no slack, which is the greatest gift a writer can bestow.
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Having heard the name, "J.M. Coetzee," dropped at a Cambridge dog-park, a fine place to listen for an elusive literary reference or amusing, critical waltz, I sought after this author, "the nape of good hope," as he was praisingly referred to by a man with all the poor nature of his notoriously ill-intentioned mix-of-poodle. Smiles of pure generosity; few understood his meaning at the time. Well, turns out, there was little hope allowed for in the persistently unsentimental treatment of both character and action in "Life and Times...," but much, however, contained in the sight and stylistic mastery of its author, Coetzee. One hears Coetzee accused of a kind of provinciality; I do not know -- but, I certainly think: dear god, not here. An author so able to give a simple, though elegant, philosophical meaning to the life and bad circumstance of such an assumedly vulgar typicality as Michael K is due a massive hats-off. In the absence of humor or ironic caricature is the stark progression of a gardener through territory made infertile for it. This telling is a third-person, as they say, omniscient account; but nonetheless we are most often peering about through the dull eyes of Michael, though not from his unfathoming conscience, at catastrophe. The view is as oppressive as the worst hour on the Warner Brothers Network though in its sureness-fired. Instead of commercially absurd, it is cruelly convincing in its work-a-day insufferability. Hats-off to its author; although I wonder who in this day will labor such a stolid voice as his. Nevermind it, good art here, Coetzee is champion.
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