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Excerpt from 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans: A Profile of JM Coetzee

50 Flippen Brilliant South AfricansWomen24 have published an excerpt from 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans by Alexander Parker and Tim Richman.

In this extract Parker and Richman explain why they have chosen to include JM Coetzee as one of their “flippen brilliant South Africans”. They start out by saying that people who have never read any of his work may think that “he’s dreary, boring and dead serious” but go on to say that the reason Coetzee is included in the list (and the reason why he’s won a Nobel) is “because he writes bloody well.”

If you’ve never read a book by John Maxwell Coetzee, South Africa’s most recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, chances are you think he’s dreary, boring and dead serious.

And in the unlikely event that you ever bumped into him at a social event, you’d no doubt think the same. After all, the man is famous for writing bleak Kafkaesque allegories and being impossibly antisocial at dinner parties.

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