Disgrace by J M Coetzee

"Disgrace" is a novel that explores the life of a middle-aged professor in South Africa who is dismissed from his position after having an affair with a student. After losing his job, he moves to the countryside to live with his daughter, where they experience a violent attack that significantly alters their lives. The story delves into themes of post-apartheid South Africa, racial tension, sexual exploitation, and the struggle for personal redemption.

The 248th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1954

Since this book was first published in 1999, there is a penalty of 40.0%. The age adjusted score is 1172.4.

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