Disgrace
J M Coetzee

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Narrated By: Jack Klaff

Duration: 7 hours and 44 minutes

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After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours, he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure 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 the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But 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.

By the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and twice winner of the Booker Prize.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

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What is remarkable about Coetzee’s vision as a novelist is that it remains intensely human, rooted in common experience and replete with failure, doubt and frustration

Guardian

A masterpiece

The Independent

Exhilarating... One of the best novelists alive

Sunday Times

Disgrace explores the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature

Sunday Telegraph

Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa