The Lives of Animals


Coetzee's published work consists of fiction, fictionalised autobiographies (in the mode of what he terms "autrebiography"),[69] criticism, translations, poetry, screenplays, and letters. In addition, Coetzee has published critical works and translations from Dutch and Afrikaans.[48]


  • Dusklands (1974) ISBN 0-14-024177-9
  • In the Heart of the Country (1977) ISBN 0-14-006228-9
  • Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) ISBN 0-14-006110-X
  • Life & Times of Michael K (1983) ISBN 0-14-007448-1
  • Foe (1986) ISBN 0-14-009623-X
  • Age of Iron (1990) ISBN 0-14-027565-7
  • The Master of Petersburg (1994) ISBN 0-14-023810-7
  • Disgrace (1999) ISBN 978-0-14-311528-1
  • Elizabeth Costello (2003) ISBN 0-670-03130-5
  • Slow Man (2005) ISBN 0-670-03459-2
  • Diary of a Bad Year (2007) ISBN 1-84655-120-X
  • The Childhood of Jesus (2013) ISBN 978-1-84655-726-2

Short Fiction

  • "A House in Spain" Architectural Digest 57, no. 10 (2000): 68-76.
  • The Lives of Animals (1999) ISBN 0-691-07089-X
  • "The African Experience" Preservation 54, no. 2 (2002): 20-24.
  • "As a Woman Grows Older" (2004). In: New York Review of Books 15 January 2004
  • The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 2003: "He and His Man" (2004) ISBN 0-14-303453-7
  • "The Old Woman and the Cats" (2013). In: J.M. Coetzee and Berlinde De Bruyckere: Cripplewood/Kreupelhout ISBN 0-300-19657-1
  • Three Stories (2014) ISBN 978-1-92218-256-2. The stories are: I. "A House in Spain" II. "Nietverloren" (first published as "The African Experience") III. "He and His Man")

Fictionalised autobiography

  • Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life (1997) ISBN 0-14-026566-X
  • Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II (2002) ISBN 0-670-03102-X
  • Summertime (2009) ISBN 1-84655-318-0
  • Scenes from Provincial Life (2011) ISBN 1-84655-485-3. An edited single volume of Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life, Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II, and Summertime.

Criticism and letters

  • Truth in Autobiography (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 1984)
  • White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1988) ISBN 0-300-03974-3
  • Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews, ed. David Attwell (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992) ISBN 0-674-21518-4
  • Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996) ISBN 0-226-11176-8
  • Stranger Shores: Literary Essays, 1986–1999 (London: Secker & Warburg, 2001) ISBN 0-14-200137-6
  • Inner Workings: Literary Essays, 2000–2005 (London: Harvill Secker, 2007) ISBN 0-09-950614-9
  • Here and Now: Letters, 2008-2011 (New York, NY: Viking, 2013) ISBN 0-670-02666-2, a collection of letters exchanged with Paul Auster
  • The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy, with Arabella Kurtz (New York, NY: Viking, 2015) ISBN 978-0-525-42951-7

Translations and introductions

  • A Posthumous Confession by Marcellus Emants (Boston: Twayne, 1976 & London: Quartet, 1986). Translated and Introduced by J. M. Coetzee. ISBN 0-8057-8152-8
  • The Expedition to the Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenström (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 1983 & London: Faber, 1984). Translated by J. M. Coetzee. ISBN 0-571-13112-3
  • Landscape with Rowers: Poetry from the Netherlands (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004). Translated and Introduced by J. M. Coetzee ISBN 0-691-12385-3
  • Introduction to Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Oxford World's Classics) ISBN 0-19-210033-5
  • Introduction to Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (Penguin Classics) ISBN 0-14-243797-2
  • Introduction to Dangling Man by Saul Bellow (Penguin Classics) ISBN 0-14-303987-3
  • Introduction to The Vivisector by Patrick White (Penguin, 1999) ISBN 0-14-310567-1
  • Introduction to The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil (Penguin Classics, 2001) ISBN 978-0-14-218000-6
  • Introduction to Samuel Beckett: The Grove Centenary Edition vol. IV by Samuel Beckett, edited by Paul Auster (New York: Grove Press, 2006) ISBN 0-8021-1820-8

Film and television adaptations

  • Dust, dir. Marion Hänsel (1985): An adaptation of In the Heart of the Country.
  • The Lives of Animals, dir. Alex Harvey (2002).
  • De Muze/The Muse, dir. Ben van Lieshout (2007). An adaptation of Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II.
  • Disgrace, dir. Steve Jacobs (2008).
  • While the above four adaptations were not written by him, Coetzee has penned screenplays for In the Heart of the Country and Waiting for the Barbarians. These have yet to be produced, but are published in J.M. Coetzee: Two Screenplays, ed. Hermann Wittenberg (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2014) ISBN 978-1-77582-080-2


  • In 2012, Coetzee wrote the libretto for the opera Slow Man by Nicholas Lens, based on his novel Slow Man. The opera was given its world premiere on 5 July 2012 at the Malta Festival, Grand Theatre, Poznań[70][71][72][73][74][75][76][77]

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