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Summertime

Summertime

(2009)
(The third book in the Scenes from Provincial Life series)
A novel by

 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on the years from 1972-1977 when Coetzee, in his thirties, is sharing a run-down cottage in the suburbs of Cape Town with his widowed father. This, the biographer senses, is the period when he was 'finding his feet as a writer'. Never having met Coetzee, he embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to him - a married woman with whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues. From their testimony emerges a portrait of the young Coetzee as an awkward, bookish individual with little talent for opening himself to others. Within the family he is regarded as an outsider, someone who tried to flee the tribe and has now returned, chastened. His insistence on doing manual work, his long hair and beard, rumours that he writes poetry evoke nothing but suspicion in the South Africa of the time. Sometimes heartbreaking, often very funny, "Summertime" shows us a great writer as he limbers up for his task. It completes the majestic trilogy of fictionalised memoir begun with "Boyhood" and "Youth".

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Summertime (Platinum Readers Circle (Center Point))
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-60285-681-8 / 978-1-60285-681-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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December 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Summertime: Fiction
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-670-02138-5 / 978-0-670-02138-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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August 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: Summertime
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-318-0 / 978-1-84655-318-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

October 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Summertime
Author(s): Professor of General Literature J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-14-311845-5 / 978-0-14-311845-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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September 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Summertime
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-954054-1 / 978-0-09-954054-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Summertime
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-954055-X / 978-0-09-954055-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Summertime
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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