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Author J. M. Coetzee
Country South Africa
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Harvill Secker (UK)
Publication date 3 September 2009
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 224 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 978-1846553189 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC Number 373483224

Summertime is a 2009 novel by South African-born author J. M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the third in a series of fictionalized memoirs by Coetzee (the first two being Boyhood and Youth) and details the life of one John Coetzee from the perspective of five people who have known him. The novel largely takes place in the mid to late 1970s, largely in Cape Town, although there are also important scenes in more remote South African settings. Whilst there are obvious similarities between the actual author of the novel, J.M. Coetzee, and the subject of the novel, John Coetzee, there are some differences - most notably that the John Coetzee of the novel is reported as having died. Within the novel, the opinions and thoughts of the five people are compiled and interpreted by a fictitious biographer, who also adds fragments from John Coetzee's notebooks.[1] It was shortlisted for the 2009 Booker Prize.[2]




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