A NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020 IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
After The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus, the Nobel Laureate concludes his haunting trilogy with The Death of Jesus, a new masterwork.
David has grown into a tall ten-year-old who is a natural soccer player and enjoys kicking a ball around with his friends in Estrella. Simón, his father, and Bolvar, his dog, usually keep an eye on him, while his mother, Inés, now works in a fashion boutique. David continues to question everything, including his parents and anyone in authority in his life. He dances as he pleases in dance class at the Academy of Music. He won't do math and won't read anything except Don Quixote.
The director of a nearby orphanage, Julio Fabricante, invites David and his friends to form a proper soccer team one day. David decides to leave Simón and Inés and move in with Julio, but he soon succumbs to an unknown illness. J. M. Coetzee continues his exploration of the meaning of a world devoid of memory but brimming with questions in The Death of Jesus.... Read More