Dusklands: J.M. Coetzee: Dusklands (), Coetzee’s first book, contains two novellas united in their exploration of colonization, The Vietnam Project (set in the. Because the enigmatic South African novelist J. M. Coetzee’s first novel ‘ Dusklands’ is out of print, I always figured the book must have been a. “J.M. Coetzee’s vision goes to the nerve center of being.”—Nadine Gordimer J.M. Coetzee’s latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available.

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Tried to read Waiting for the Barbarians a year ago, but could not get into it. If the two stories had been in a different order, with the second story placed first, I might have struggled to get into this, as well. However, with brutality that rages through these two stories, it’s interesting that the metafictional elements question how Two narratives separated by about years showcasing the horrors and megalomania created by colonisation and war and not seeing enemies as humans.


Now, not an iota of doubt that Coetzee deserved his Nobel. I have always admired Coetzee — and admired is so the right word. In fact, I much prefer the first novella because of its obliqueness. Are they not perhaps fictions? The Dusklxnds edition I read clocked in at a meagre pages. A short book consisting of two semi-related novellas, focusing on the interaction between two civilizations with unequal powers and it’s impact on two individual lives.

Not a great read, but definitely worth the time.


Yes, that’s nitpicking — I recommend this short volume otherwise without reservation — but having read his utterly amazing and fully realized novel “Disgrace,” these two stories, his first published works, show a writer not yet at the height of his powers. But the two distinct mental worlds Coetzee creates are dusklnads with evocative detail, drawing us deeper into the heart of darkness than even Conrad did.

The first story called ‘The Vietnam Project’ is about Eugene Dawn, who writes a report on how propaganda can be effective on Vietnamese, set in Just listen to these: De comprender el mundo solo con los propios ojos. Jul 20, Debayan Nag rated it liked it. I’ve read this really isn’t a great introduction to his works so I perhaps started reading him with the wrong book.

View all 3 comments. The stuffiness, torture the coetxee underwent followed by the betrayal from his own Hottentot slaves does coagulate with a need to take revenge. What starts off as a somewhat dry disse This is a book consisting of two novellas; the first works of Nobel Prize winner J.

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He would visit the British Museum and research accounts of early explorers and travellers within South Africa. What Eugene and Jacob do after their crimes? Xusklands is a very remarkable first book, written with a fastidiousness and power that are rare on the South African literary scene, or any literary scene. View all 5 comments. The second story, “The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee”, which takes place dusklancs the 18th century, is an account of a hunting expedition into the then “unexplored” interior of South Africa.

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Just a short sidetrack in my ramble, as you noticed Coetzee gave his name to the character in his second novella, as admitting he is also a part of colonial forces.


Jun 11, Karn Kher rated it really liked it.

I thought it might be interesting to see what protean Coetzeean elements were imbued in this novel. Disgrace is about a professor asked to resign due to his affair with his student. An Interview with J.

J. M. Coetzee’s Dusklands

Aug 06, Tarah Luke rated it it was ok. Hasta lo rociaron con su propia grasa. In the second, the diaries of Coetzee’s fictional ancestors tell the story of a group of white Afrikaners, and their interactions with the indigenous Namaqua. Through the detailed but to some extent exaggerated reading, it became clear to me what the story unfolded.

The first story, “The Vietnam Project”, relates the gradual descent into insanity of its protagonist Eugene Dawn. There’s less nuance in this revelation than in later Coetzee novels. Que me entretienen y retan. His considering himself an intellectual realist does not keep him from doing some irrational things that get him into trouble.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Coetzee put that final twist making the story totally different from that of Conrad’s.