The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

Summary

The luminous new novel from 'one of the best writers of our time', double Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee.

'Full of truth, tearfully moving to read... Brilliant' Evening Standard


Simón and David - a tall ten-year-old - are in a new land, together with a woman named Inés. The small family have found a home in which David can thrive.

But David is spotted by Julio Fabricante, the director of a local orphanage, playing football with his friends. He shows unusual talent. When David announces that he wants to live with Julio and the children in his care, Simón and Inés are stunned. David is leaving them, and they can only love him and bear witness.

The Death of Jesus is the completion of an incomparable trilogy in which J. M. Coetzee explores the meaning of a world empty of memory but brimming with questions.

* A New York Times Notable Book *
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'Extraordinary... Coetzee stands as the pre-eminent novelist in the English-writing world' New Statesman

'You will read its cool, dry final sentences - as I did - with tears in your eyes' The Times

Reviews

  • Anything J.M. Coetzee writes deserves our full attention…The Death of Jesus is full of truth, irreducible, tearfully moving to read
    David Sexton, Evening Standard, *Book of the Week*

About the author

J M Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee’s work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime, The Childhood of Jesus and, most recently, The Schooldays of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.
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