New York: Viking, 1986. First U.S. Edition, First Printing. Cloth and boards. 8vo (8 7/8"x 5 3/4"), tourquoise cloth with gold lettering on spine over ivory boards with JMC blindstamped on front cover, archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) of a young woman in water crying out by John Collier, [vi] + 157 pages. Very Fine / Near Fine. Item #7102
John Maxwell Coetzee (born 1940) is a South African-born novelist-turned-Australian. He is also a very distinguished essayist, linguist, and translator.
He won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. Among many other honors, Coetzee has twice won the BOOKER PRIZE.
Foe is written with constant allusions to Robinson Crusoe. It is told from the perspective of Susan Barton, who had been attempting to rescue her kidnapped daughter. En route, Susan is set adrift by mutiners and becomes a castaway on the island inhabited by "Cruso" and his man, Friday. After a year, she makes it back to England. There, she struggles to convince the writer Daniel Foe to help transform her dramatic tale into popular fiction but is deflected and distorted.
SUPERIOR COPY! Tight, bright, clean. No remainder or other marks by previous owners. Fine unclipped and sharp dust jacket with a faint soil on the rear panel and traces of edgewear.