In the Heart of the Country

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J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, will soon be available from Viking
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.


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Stifled by the torpor of colonial South Africa and trapped in a web of reciprocal oppression, a lonely sheep farmer seeks comfort in the arms of a black concubine. But when his embittered spinster daughter Magda feels shamed, this lurch across the racial divide marks the end of a tenuous feudal peace.

As she dreams madly of bloody revenge, Magda's consciousness starts to drift and the line between fact and the workings of her excited imagination becomes blurred. What follows is the fable of a woman's passionate, obsessed and violent response to an Africa that will not heed her.

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