J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999)

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Disgrace is a novel written by the Nobel Prize laureate J.M. Coetzee and published by Secker & Warburg (UK) in 1999. An exploration of post-apartheid South Africa, the novel portrays the South African professor of English, David Lurie, who loses his job due to sexual harassment charges and takes refuge on his daughter's farm, where the seemingly balanced life is soon destroyed by a violent attack.



  • A Fortissimo Films motion picture slated for release in 2008, directed by Steve Jacobs and starring John Malkovich as David Lurie.

Further Reading

  • D'Hoker, Elke. "Confession and Atonement in Contemporary Fiction: J. M. Coetzee, John Banville, and Ian McEwan." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 48:1 (2006 Fall), pp. 31-43.