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Coetzee, J. M.. SUMMERTIME: FICTION. New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 266 pages. As New/As New.

The author's autobiographical novel. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents J. M. Coetzee's "Summertime", the fictional sequel-counterpoint to his memoirs, "Boyhood" (1998) and "Youth" (2003). "A young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee, focusing on Coetzee in his thirties, at a time when he was living in a rundown cottage in the Cape Town suburbs with his widowed father, a time, the biographer is convinced, when Coetzee was finding himself as a writer. Never having met the man himself, the biographer interviews five people who knew Coetzee well, including a married woman with whom he had an affair, his cousin Margot, and a Brazilian dancer whose daughter took English lessons with him. These accounts add up to an image of an awkward, reserved, and bookish young man who finds it hard to make meaningful connections with the people around him. An inventive and inspired work of fiction that allows J. M. Coetzee to imagine his own life with a critical and unsparing eye, revealing painful moral struggles and attempts to come to grips with what it means to care for another human being. Incisive, elegant, and often surprisingly funny, a compelling work by one of today's most esteemed writers" (Publisher's blurb). A "must-have" title for J. M. Coetzee collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Lannan Award in 1998, the Jerusalem Prize in 1999, the Booker Prize in 1983 for "The Life & Times of Michael K" and in 1999 for "Disgrace", the first writer to win the most prestigious British literary award twice. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER J. M. COETZEE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670021385. $40.00

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