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Alumnus J.M. Coetzee awarded 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature
Author of ''Waiting for the Barbarians'' and ''Life and Times of Michael K''
Posted: June 1, 2004
Coetzee was the first writer to win the prestigious Booker Prize twice, first for ''Life and Times of Michael K'' in 1983 and again in 1999 for ''Disgrace.'' His other novels include ''The Master of Petersburg,'' ''Age of Iron'' and ''Foe.'' ''There is a great wealth of variety on Coetzee's works,'' according to the Swedish Academy. ''No two books ever follow the same recipe. Extensive reading reveals a recurring pattern, the downward spiraling journeys he considers necessary for the salvation of his characters. His protagonists are overwhelmed by the urge to sink but paradoxically derive strength from being stripped of all external dignity.''
In addition to novels, Coetzee has written two autobiographical books, ''Boyhood'' and ''Youth,'' and several collections of essays. His most recent work is this year's ''Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons.''