J(ohn) M. Coetzee 1940–
South African novelist and translator.
Coetzee examines in his fiction the moral implications of South Africa's history, prompting some critics to interpret his work as political allegory. In the postmodernist manner, he creates ambiguities of space and time. Critics especially praise Coetzee for the surreal landscapes and intense, brooding mood of his recent novels, From the Heart of the Country and Waiting for the Barbarians.
(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 77-80.)