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J. M. Coetzee

J. M. Coetzee in Warsaw
J. M. Coetzee in Warsaw


John Maxwell Coetzee 9 February 1940 Cape Town, South Africa


Novelist, essayist, literary critic, linguist, translator, professor


English, Afrikaans, Dutch


South AfricanAustralian

Alma mater

University of Cape TownUniversity of Texas at Austin

Notable awards

  • 1983: Booker Prize
  • 1985: Prix Femina √©tranger
  • 1995:The Irish TimesInternational Fiction Prize
  • 1999: Booker Prize
  • 2003: Nobel Prize in Literature

John Maxwell Coetzee is a South African-born novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He relocated to Australia in 2002 and lives in Adelaide. He became an Australian citizen in 2006.

In 2013, Richard Poplak of the Daily Maverick described Coetzee as "inarguably the most celebrated and decorated living English-language author". Before receiving the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature, Coetzee was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, CNA Prize , the Prix Femina étranger, The Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Booker Prize , among other accolades.

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