John Maxwell Coetzee published his first novel, Dusklands, in South Africa in 1974. Three years, he won his native country’s top literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, for In the Heart of the Country (1977). With his next novel, Waiting for the Barbarians, the author began to build an international reputation.
In 1984, Coetzee won the Booker Prize for The Life and Times of Michael K. The novel, set in the writer’s native Cape Town during a time of racial war, focuses on one man’s journey to bring his mother to her childhood home. In keeping with Coetzee’s reclusive nature, he did not travel to London to collect the prize.
Disgrace was written by J.M Coetzee. It was published in 1999.