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Scenes from Provincial Life

Scenes from Provincial Life

(2011)
(A book in the Scenes from Provincial Life series)
An omnibus of novels by

 
Here for the first time in one volume is JM Coetzee's majestic trilogy of fictionalised memoir, Boyhood, Youth and Summertime.

Scenes from Provincial Life opens in a small town in the South Africa of the 1940s. We meet a young boy who, at home, is ill at ease with his father and stifled by his mother's unconditional love. At school he passes every test that is set for him, but he remains wary of his fellow pupils, especially the rough Afrikaners. As a student of mathematics in Cape Town he readies himself to escape his homeland, travel to Europe and turn himself into an artist. Once in London, however, the reality is dispiriting: he toils as a computer programmer, inhabits a series of damp, dreary flats and is haunted by loneliness and boredom. He is a constitutional outsider. He fails to write.

Decades later, an English biographer researches a book about the late John Coetzee, particularly the period following his return to South Africa from America. Interviewees describe an awkward man still living with his father, a man who insists on performing dull manual labour. His family regard him with suspicion and he is dogged by rumours: that he crossed the authorities in America, that he writes poetry.

Scenes from Provincial Life is a heartbreaking and often very funny portrait of the artist by one of the world's greatest writers.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Scenes from Provincial Life
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-485-3 / 978-1-84655-485-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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January 2011 : Australia Hardback
Title: Scenes from Provincial Life
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-86471-208-2 / 978-1-86471-208-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Scenes from Provincial Life
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-955567-0 / 978-0-09-955567-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Scenes from Provincial Life: Boyhood, Youth, Summertime
Author(s): Professor of General Literature J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-14-242255-X / 978-0-14-242255-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Scenes from Provincial Life
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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April 2012 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Scenes from Provincial Life: Boyhood, Youth, Summertime
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   



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