J.M. Coetzee (1940-)

Koetzee*JM Coetzee became an Australian citizen  in  2006, but was born in South Africa, from Afrikaner parents. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003, among other numerous awards for lifetime achievement. I especially like  his autobiographical  “novels”, Boyhood and Youth, and their  quite unusual tone.
Disgrace also marked me a lot.

Today I would like to quote  the first unforgettable sentence of this novel:

  For   a man de son age 52, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well.

Coetzee, J. M., (1999) Disgrace, London,  Random House.

And you, do you have novel first sentences which have stayed with you for a long time?

 *”J.M. Coetzee” by Mariusz Kubik, http://www.mariuszkubik.pl – own work, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kmarius. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:J.M._Coetzee.JPG#/media/File:J.M._Coetzee.JPG

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