Off the back of my Ruby Red teaser last Tuesday, it’s time for another South African author (and Nobel Prize-winner):
Disgrace (1999), by J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Booker prize
Set in post-apartheid South Africa, Disgrace is a damning and honest portrait of a country struggling to come to terms with its salvation and ruin. It explores the power play between the subduers and the subjugated, although there is no clear protagonist or antagonist. It explores shame, and the space women occupy. The book has taken me through a range of emotions, and I highly recommend it for a summer read (you’re going to need the sunshine to counterbalance the material!).