The Nobel prize-winning author, J. M. Coetzee returns with his new masterwork—The Death of Jesus. This novel completes his captivating trilogy, which includes books, such as The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus.
A ten-year-old David lives in Estrella. He loves kicking a ball around with his friends, and he seems to be a natural at soccer. His father Simón and Bolívar the dog usually watch while his mother Inés works in a fashion boutique. David still has and asks his parents many questions.
He constantly challenges any authority figure in his life. For instance, in dancing class at the Academy of Music he dances as he wants. He refuses to do sums and the only book he agrees to read is Don Quixote.
One day David and his friends are invited by Julio Fabricante, the director of a nearby orphanage, to form a proper soccer team. The boy decides to leave Simón and Inés to live with Julio, but soon he succumbs to a strange and even mysterious illness. In The Death of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee continues to explore the meaning of a world empty of memory but full of questions.
If you haven’t read any of Coetzee’s works, you should do it as soon as possible. His novels are characterized by their well-crafted composition and analytical brilliance, containing stories that often criticize the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization. As a politically engaged author, Coetzee‘s style has been compared with that of Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett. The painful and offensive reality of South African apartheid and the conflicts embodied in it appears again and again in J. M. Coetzee’s work. He is on record as having said that apartheid values and behavior could arise anywhere.