Historical Context

Colonization of Vietnam
From about 12,000 B.C. until 200 B.C., the indigenous people of what would later be called Vietnam...

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Literary Style

Journal Writing
The novella “The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee” is written as if Jacobus himself were taking notes and...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Coetzee, J. M., Dusklands, Penguin Books, 1985.

Gunnars, Kristjana, “A Writer’s Writer: Two Perspectives,” in World Literature Today, Vol. 78, No. 1, January–April 2004, pp. 11–13.

McCrum, Robert, “The Voice of Africa,” in the Observer, October 5, 2003.

Morphet, Tony, “Reading Coetzee in South Africa,” in World Literature Today, Vol. 78, No. 1, January–April 2004, pp. 14–16.

Ozick, Cynthia, “A Tale of Heroic Anonymity,” in New York Times, December 11, 1983, Sec. 7, p. 1.

Further Reading
Attridge, Derek, and Rosemary Jolly, eds., Writing South Africa, Cambridge University...

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Compare and Contrast

1800s: Napoleon III orders French troops into Vietnam to begin occupation of that country.

1900s: The French leave...

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Topics for Further Study

Research the Zulu chief Shaka. What were his feats? What were his tactics? How did he deal with the Boers? With the British? With his own...

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Media Adaptations

The Nobel Prize committee maintains a Coetzee web page at http://www.nobel.se/literature/ laureates/2003/coetzee-bibl.html (accessed November...

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What Do I Read Next?

The Complete Short Prose, 1929–1989 (1997) is a collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Samuel Beckett....

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