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AUSTIN, Texas—J.M. Coetzee, author of “Waiting for the Barbarians” and “Life and Times of Michael K,” was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature today.

The 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to South African author J.M. Coetzee, a preeminent and uncompromising voice in the struggle for human dignity and self-preservation. An innovative and provocative novelist, essayist, and literary critic, Coetzee gained international recognition early in his career and was the first writer to receive the United Kingdom’s Booker Prize (now the Man Booker Prize) twice. He belonged to the generation of South African writers—including André Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, and Mongane Wally Serote—that emerged during the apartheid era. Coetzee was the second South African Nobel laureate for literature and the fourth African laureate, after Wole Soyinka of Nigeria in 1986, Naguib Mahfouz of Egypt in 1988, and Coetzee’s compatriot Nadine Gordimer in 1991.

2003 Nobel Prize Literature Winner

  • Alumnus J.M. Coetzee awarded 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • by J. M. COETZEE (2003 Nobel Prize for Literature)

    (born 9 February 1940) is an author and academic from South Africa. He is now an Australian citizen and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature, "who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider".

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 2 — South African writer J.M. Coetzee, whose stories set against the backdrop of apartheid tell of innocents and outcasts dwarfed by history, won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature Thursday.