New York: Viking, 2013.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to Powell's Indiespensable special edition page. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". 277pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Creasing to top corners of jacket. White paper over boards with spine backed in black and lettered in silver. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. From the Powell's Indiespensable signed first edition book club with custom slipcase. Original packing slip for Powell's signed first edition book club laid in.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
From the Nobel Prize–winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace.
Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels.
Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life.
Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David’s mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. “But after we find her,” David asks, “what are we here for?”
An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat—a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee’s many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #8464