John M. Coetzee

South Africa, 1940

John M. Coetzee is a prominent contemporary writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He studied mathematics and English at the University of Cape Town, where he started teaching English in 1971 after working as a computer programmer in the United Kingdom. He became Professor of Literature in 1983. After his retirement, in 2002, he taught at the universities of Adelaide, Chicago and Stanford. Coetzee’s debut as a novelist was Dusklands (1974). Among his many works, the Booker Prize-winning Life & Times of Michael K (1983) and Disgrace (1999) stand out, as well as the autobiographical Summertime (2009).