Summertime – J. M. Coetzee


A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on a period in the seventies when, the biographer senses, Coetzee was ‘finding his feet as a writer’. He embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to Coetzee – 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.

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While compiling a biography on the late author John Coetzee, a writer interviews people who knew him, and sifts through his notebooks. The result is a mixture of fiction and memoir with a most unusual and innovative structure.

Instead, the focus shifts to the interviewees rather than the subject of the book. Coetzee has written a moving, nostalgic tale that even has some humourous episodes. This ‘novel’ forms part 3 in Coetzee’s series of fictionalised autobiographies, following Boyhood and Youth.

By: Calvin Scholtz, Wordsworth Longbeach


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