J. M. Coetzee, whose new novel, The Childhood of Jesus, was published in March 2013, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide.
This story of the debilitating and ultimately murderous ramifications of self-disgust and self-despair looks backward to Dostoyevsky and forward to Simenon. [The narrator], claiming to be unable to keep his dreadful secret, records his confession and leaves it behind as a monument to himself, thereby turning a worthless life into art. —J.M. Coetzee, from the introduction