Diary of a Bad Year by J. M. Coetzee
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Diary of a Bad Year takes on the world of politicsa new topic for Coetzeeand explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass. At the center of the book is Señor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world by his German publisher. These thoughts, called Strong Opinions, address a wide range of subjects and include a scathing indictment of Bush, Cheney, and Blair, as well as a witheringly honest examination of everything from Machiavelli and the current state of the university to music, literature, and intelligent design, offering unexpected perceptions and insightful arguments along the way.
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"While C's essays, especially the later ones inspired by Anya, hold some interest, this follow-up to Slow Year is not one of Coetzee's major efforts." - PW.
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J. M. Coetzee Author Biography
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, J. M. Coetzee* studied first at Cape Town, earning degrees in English and mathematics. He worked for several years as a computer programmer while he researched his thesis on the novelist Ford Madox Ford. In 1968 he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in English, linguistics, and Germanic languages. His dissertation was on the early fiction of Samuel Beckett.
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