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Lawrence Thorton on Age of Iron

A 1990 book review of Age of Iron in The New York Times.

Eboni Farmer on Age of Iron

Eboni Farmer of The Root gives props to Age of Iron.

Michiko Kakutani on Coetzee's Writing Career

Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times takes a look back on Coetzee's works and the direction that they have taken over the years.

Why Did Coetzee Move to Australia?

An article in The New York Times poses the question as to whether Coetzee left his homeland because the government denounced one of his novels as being racist.

J.M. Coetzee's Nobel Lecture

Check out this text version of the lecture Coetzee delivered when he won the Nobel Prize in 2003.

Video

And the Winner Is...

Horace Engdahl announces that J.M. Coetzee is the 2003 Nobel Laureate in Literature. He announces it in like ten languages. Jeez. Also, check out how crazy the media gets about it with lights flashing everywhere!

Eyes on the Prize

Coetzee receives the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature, looking quite dapper and refined, if we do say so ourselves.

Introducing J.M. Coetzee...

Horace Engdahl, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, introduces J.M. Coetzee before he gives his Nobel lecture. Engdahl provides a few good tidbits about Coetzee's reputation and personality.

J.M. Coetzee's Nobel Lecture

Coetzee gives a lecture to the audience after winning his Nobel Prize in 2003.

Map of South Africa

Check out where Age of Iron takes place – in the areas surrounding Cape Town in the western part of the country.

Audio

J.M. Coetzee with Peter Sacks

Coetzee speaks with poet Peter Sacks and reads selections of his work. (Recorded November 8, 2001.)

Images

Coetzee's Nobel Prize

Our boy J.M. got to take home this absolutely gorgeous prize in 2003.

J.M. Coetzee

Here's an artsy photo of our author.

Resources on Apartheid

History of Apartheid

Short introduction to Apartheid from a Stanford University student.

Life Under Apartheid

A collection of resources from the BBC on racial segregation in South Africa.

Racial Concentrations and Homelands

Racial map of South Africa during Apartheid.

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