In the Heart of the Country

Author(s): J.M. Coetzee

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Stifled by the torpor of colonial South Africa and trapped in a web of reciprocal oppression, a lonely sheep farmer seeks comfort in the arms of a black concubine. But when his embittered spinster daughter Magda feels shamed, this lurch across the racial divide marks the end of a tenuous feudal peace. As she dreams madly of bloody revenge, Magda's consciousness starts to drift and the line between fact and the workings of her excited imagination becomes blurred. What follows is the fable of a woman's passionate, obsessed and violent response to an Africa that will not heed her.

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An intense, unsettling, remarkable novel of a mind in decline from a writer unparralleled in fiction.

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life, Youth, and Disgrace which won the Booker Prize, making him the first author to have won it twice. In 2003 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

General Fields

  • : 9780099465942
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage
  • : September 2004
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : New edition
  • : 823.914
  • : 160
  • : Modern fiction
  • : J.M. Coetzee
  • : Paperback