220pp. Clean and tight. Unmarked, no inscriptions or annotations. Spine cocked. First Edition Eighth Impression.
David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, is a scholar fallen into disgrace. After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, he has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours, he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to an isolated smallholding owned by his daughter Lucy.
For a time, his daughter’s influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. He helps with the dogs in the kennels, takes produce to market, and assists with treating injured animals at a nearby refuge.
But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and distrurbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their realationship.
Chilling, uncompromising and unforgettable. Disgrace is a masterpiece.
Written by J.M. Coetzee and published by Secker & Warburg of London in 1999. Hard cover bound this First Edition, Eighth Impression, is in Fine condition, covered in archival plastic and with a Fine dust jacket. The size of the book is 224x144x21mm. ISBN 9780436204894.