In the Heart of the Country

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In the Heart of the Country

By J. M. Coetzee

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140062281, 139pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 1982

J.M. Coetzee's latest book co-written with Arabella Kurtz, " The Good Story," is now available from Viking Books
A story told in prose as feverishly rich as William Faulkner's, " In the Heart of the Country" is a work of irresistable power
On a remote farm in South Africa, the protagonist of J. M. Coetzee's fierce and passionate novel watches the life from which she has been excluded. Ignored by her callous father, scorned and feared by his servants, she is a bitterly intelligent woman whose outward meekness disguises a desperate resolve not to become "one of the forgotten ones of history." When her father takes an African mistress, that resolve precipitates an act of vengeance that suggests a chemical reaction between the colonizer and the colonized and between European yearnings and the vastness and solitude of Africa.With vast assurance and an unerring eye, J. M. Coetzee has turned the family romance into a mirror of the colonial experience.

About the Author
J. M. Coetzee is Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Praise For In the Heart of the Country

"A realistic fable, at once stark, exciting, and economical." —The New York Times Book Review