J M Coetzee


Nobel Laureate and two-time Booker prize-winning author of Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K, J. M. Coetzee reimagines Daniel DeFoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe in Foe. Published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

In an act of breathtaking imagination, J.M Coetzee radically reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe.

In the early eighteenth century, Susan Barton finds herself adrift from a mutinous ship and cast ashore on a remote desert island. There she finds shelter with its only other inhabitants: a man named Cruso and his tongueless slave, Friday. In time, she builds a life for herself as Cruso's companion and, eventually, his lover. At last they are rescued by a passing ship, but only she and Friday survive the journey back to London.

Determined to have her story told, she pursues the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe in the hope that he will relate truthfully her memories to the world. But with Cruso dead, Friday incapable of speech and Foe himself intent on reshaping her narrative, Barton struggles to maintain her grip on the past, only to fall victim to the seduction of storytelling itself.

Treacherous, elegant and unexpectedly moving, Foe remains one of the most exquisitely composed of this pre-eminent author's works.

'A small miracle of a book. . . of marvellous intricacy and overwhelming power' Washington Post

'A superb novel' The New York Times

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 0099588110
ISBN 13: 9780099588115

16 Oct 2009
Angela Carter

ISBN 10: 0141023384
ISBN 13: 9780141023380

01 Jun 2007
Chinua Achebe

ISBN 10: 1922147427
ISBN 13: 9781922147424

03 May 2013
Kate Grenville

ISBN 10: 0435913549
ISBN 13: 9780435913540

20 Aug 2008
Buchi Emecheta

ISBN 10: 1846974267
ISBN 13: 9781846974267

16 Nov 2017
Muriel Spark

ISBN 10: 0006551092
ISBN 13: 9780006551096

06 Oct 1997
Arundhati Roy

ISBN 10: 0099284820
ISBN 13: 9780099284826

06 Apr 2000
J.M. Coetzee

ISBN 10: 0099540975
ISBN 13: 9780099540977

07 Oct 2010
Toni Morrison

ISBN 10: 1841959952
ISBN 13: 9781841959955

05 Jul 2007
Kate Grenville

ISBN 10: 0571244645
ISBN 13: 9780571244645

17 Jun 2010
Samuel Beckett

ISBN 10: 0486282112
ISBN 13: 9780486282114

01 Jan 1995
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

ISBN 10: 0743482832
ISBN 13: 9780743482837

17 Mar 2005
William Shakespeare