by J.M. Coetzee
In BriefSet against the complex backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa, the novel examines the nature of humanity, exploring ideas of civilisation, language and power. The focus of the story is David Lurie, an ageing Cape Town Professor, as he struggles to cope with increasing pressure in his personal life alongside the changing dynamic of a country in flux.
Why you should read itThis book tells a fascinating human story set in a country rising from the ashes of apartheid. It's essential reading for those interested not only in the political and social landscape of South Africa, but in questions of what it means to be human.