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He is twice-divorced and dissatisfied with his job as a 'communications' lecturer, teaching a class in romantic literature at a technical university in Cape Town in post- apartheid South Africa.
Lurie's sexual activities are all inherently risky.
Before the sexual affair that will ruin him, he becomes attached to a prostitute and attempts to have a romantic relationship with her despite her having a familywhich she rebuffs.
He then seduces a secretary at his university, only to completely ignore her afterwards. His "disgrace" comes when he seduces one of his more vulnerable students, a girl named Melanie Isaacs, plying her with Jm coetzee and other actions that arguably amount to rape   ; later, when she stops attending his class as a result, he falsifies her grades.
Lurie refuses to stop Jm coetzee affair, even after being threatened by Melanie's erstwhile boyfriend, who knocks the papers off Lurie's desk, and her father, who confronts him but whom David runs from. This affair is thereafter revealed to the school, amidst a climate of condemnation for his allegedly predatory acts, and a committee is convened to pass judgement on his actions.
David refuses to read Melanie's statement, defend himself, or apologize in any sincere form and so is forced to resign from his post.
Lurie is working on an opera concerning Lord Byron's final phase of life in Italy which mirrors his own life in that Byron is living a life of hedonism and excess and is having an affair with a married woman.
Dismissed from his teaching position, he takes refuge on his lesbian daughter Lucy's farm in the Eastern Cape. For a time, his daughter's influence and natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life; for example, in attending farmers markets where Lucy sells her wares, and in working with Petrus, a polygamously-married black African whose farm borders Lucy's and who nominally works for Lucy as a "dog-man" Lucy boards dogs.
But the balance of power in the country is shifting. Shortly after becoming comfortable with rural life, he is forced to come to terms with the aftermath of an attack on the farm. Three men, who claim to need Lucy's phone to call for aid for a sick relative, force their way into the farmhouse.
The men rape Lucy and attempt to kill David by setting him on fire.
In addition to these actions, they also shoot the caged dogs which Lucy is boarding, an action which David later muses was done since black people in South Africa are taught to fear dogs as symbols of white power and oppression.
The men drive off in David's car: To David's relief, newspapers spell Lurie's name inaccurately "Lourie"meaning nothing will tie his disgraced academic persona to the news story describing the attack on his daughter's farm. Lucy becomes apathetic and agoraphobic after the attack.
David presses her to report the full circumstances to the police, but she does not. Lucy does not want to, and in fact does not, discuss the attack with David until much later. The relationship between Lucy and David begins to show strain as the two recover from the attack in different ways.Sidelights J.
M. Coetzee explores the implications of oppressive societies on the lives of their inhabitants, often using his native South Africa as a backdrop. In November , Coetzee was honoured with a three-day academic conference entitled "JM Coetzee in the World", held in his adopted city of Adelaide.
It was described as "the culmination of an enormous collaborative effort and the first event of its kind in Australia" and "a reflection of the deep. Review.
Emerging from the dissident calibrations of literary voices joined together in the culture of protest against the apartheid regime, the distinctive writing of novelist, critic and academic J M Coetzee has become identified as one of the most finely tuned among contemporary Southern African writers/5(K).
I was born in the year JM Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing novel with its many scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night.
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