A divorced, middle-aged English professor finds himself
increasingly unable to resist affairs with his female students.
When discovered by the college authorities, he is expected to
apologise and repent in an effort to save his job, but he refuses
to become a scapegoat in what he see as as a show trial designed to
reinforce a stringent political correctness. He preempts the
authorities and leaves his job, and the city, to spend time with
his grown-up lesbian daughter on her remote farm. Things between
them are strained - there is much from the past they need to
reconcile - and the situation becomes critical when they are the
victims of a brutal and horrifying attack. In spectacularly
powerful and lucid prose, Coetzee uses all his formidable skills to
engage with a post-apartheid culture in unexpected and revealing
ways. This examination into the sexual and poliitcal lawlines of
modern South Africa as it tries desperately to start a fresh page
in its history is chilling, uncompromising and unforgettable.
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