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by J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace Resources

Articles & Reviews

Salon.com Review of Disgrace

Written by Andrew O'Hehir

A Brief Biography

Read a brief bio of the author on the Nobel Foundation's website. (Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.)

Review of Disgrace, The New Yorker

Daphne Merkin reviews Disgrace for The New Yorker, November 15, 1999. (Note: you can only get the first page of the review without a subscription, but it's still pretty informative.)

"What's the Best Novel in the Last 25 Years?"

The Guardian names Disgrace as the best British, Irish, or Commonwealth novel to be written between 1980 and 2005 (October 8, 2006).

Movie & TV Productions

Disgrace, 2008

This adaptation stars John Malkovich as David and Jessica Haines as Lucy.

On the Film Adaptation

An article on the film adaptation in the Sydney Morning Herald, August 16, 2008.

Roger Ebert's Best Films of 2009

In his blog for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert names Disgrace as one of the best films of 2009.

Review of Disgrace

David Denby reviews the film adaptation of Disgrace for The New Yorker, September 21, 2009.

Historical Documents

Coetzee's Nobel Lecture
The text for J.M. Coetzee's Nobel Lecture that he gave after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.


J.M. Coetzee's Nobel Lecture

J.M. Coetzee gives a lecture upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He uses the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe as a guiding metaphor for his lecture. You might be interested to know that he rewrote Robinson Crusoe from the perspective of a woman in his 1986 novel, Foe.

Movie Trailer

Preview the 2008 film adaptation of Disgrace.


Coetzee Receives the Nobel Prize
Photographs of the Nobel Prize ceremony, 2003

Resources on Apartheid

Introduction to Apartheid

Short introduction to Apartheid from Stanford University.

Life Under Apartheid

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

The Setting

A racial map of South Africa during Apartheid.

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