Last school year (’06-‘07) we had our 10th grade students read a book called “Disgrace” by Coetzee. He’s a weird South African writer who won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. The setting of the book is in
“A friend of mine was an MA student of Coetzee’s. She had to deliver a paper to his home. As she approached the door, she noticed the blinds moving, but her ring remained unanswered for a long, long while. When she finally gave up and was walking away, she turned around to find the crocodile-eyed genius contemplating her implacably from a window. She became a lesbian, but I am not sure if there is any connection.”
I like Antjie Krog, who is mostly known for her poetry, but also writes fiction and children books. Antjie didn’t win a Nobel, but she’s good.
It’s interesting to me because
Funny thing is that she allowed a young Trini writer, Ronald Suresh Roberts, to write a biography of her. She withdrew her authorization of the book due to a disagreement over some content of the book her wrote. People think it’s because it was more personal than she intended. She doesn’t believe a writer’s personal life has anything to do with the writing; she says it doesn’t matter if Tolstoy’s wife didn’t like him as long as his books impacted people and sold.
Well, Jeannie met “Suresh” through a film-maker friend, Kahlo (sp?), who she was told to look up in
So there seems to be controversy about many of his writings as he does have strong views. Oppenheimer lawyers made him strike out 11 different comments from Mbeki’s biography that put Oppenheimer in a bad light saying things like his wealth came from the raping of Namibia (the library at UCT is named after Oppenheimer [the Oppenheimers are the beneficiaries of the De Beers wealth]).
Anyway, Jeannie and Haley are friends with this writer here in