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Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year

(2007)
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An utterly contemporary and deeply thought-provoking novel which addresses the profound unease of countless people in modern democracies around the world.

An eminent, seventy-two-year-old Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions. It is a chance to air some urgent concerns. He writes short essays on the origins of the state, on Machiavelli, on anarchism, on Al-Qaida, on intelligent design, on music. What, he asks, is the origin of the state and the nature of the relationship between citizen and state? How should the citizen of a modern democracy react to the state's willingness to set aside moral considerations and civil liberties in its war on terror, a war that includes the use of torture? How does the state handle outsiders?

In the laundry-room of his apartment block he encounters an alluring young woman. When he discovers she is between jobs he claims failing eyesight and offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya has no interest in politics but the job provides a distraction, as does the writer's evident and not unwelcome attraction toward her.
Her boyfriend, Alan, an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh neo-liberal economic terms, has reservations about his trophy girlfriend spending time with this 1960s throwback. Taking a lively interest in his affairs, Alan begins to formulate a plan.

Diary of a Bad Year is an utterly contemporary work of fiction from one of our greatest writers and deepest thinkers. It addresses the profound unease of countless people in democracies across the world.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year (Basic)
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-4104-0714-4 / 978-1-4104-0714-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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December 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-670-01875-9 / 978-0-670-01875-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Penguin, Inc.
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September 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-120-X / 978-1-84655-120-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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September 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-166-8 / 978-1-84655-166-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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January 2007 : Australia Hardback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-921145-63-3 / 978-1-921145-63-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

October 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): Professor of General Literature J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-14-311448-4 / 978-0-14-311448-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-951622-5 / 978-0-09-951622-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-951619-5 / 978-0-09-951619-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2008 : Australia Paperback
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-921351-83-7 / 978-1-921351-83-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Diary of a Bad Year: Fiction
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Penguin Books
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May 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Diary of a Bad Year
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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