Coetzee: In and Out of Cape Town

Monday, 27 May, 2013 - 15:00

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In 2002 a year before receiving the Nobel Prize, John Maxwell Coetzee relocated from Cape Town to Adelaide, an undistinguished provincial capital in southern Australia with a population of a million and a quarter. At 61 he adopted the title of Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. The new position was almost as unusual a choice as the destination itself. If Coetzee’s presence had never been a comfortable one for the country, his departure was even more unsettling.  Why Adelaide?


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