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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007
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'J. M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year is about loneliness, friendship and the possibility of love. It takes the reader from Australian democracy to Guantanamo Bay, from the meaning of dishonour to the creative truth of dreams.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Included in the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books List for 2008.
  • Editions and translations have been updated for Diary of a Bad Year by Eilish Copelin as part of a Semester 2, 2013 scholar's internship. The selection and inclusion of these editions and translations was based on their availability through Australian libraries, namely through the search facilities of Libraries Australia and Trove (National Library of Australia).

    Given the international popularity of Coetzee's work, however, this record is not yet comprehensive. Editions and translations not widely available in Australia may not have been indexed. Furthermore, due to the enormous breadth of critical material on Coetzee's work, indexing of secondary sources is also not complete.

  • Other formats: Also large print and electronic resource.

Affiliation Notes

  • Associated with the AustLit subset Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' as the work contains a Filipino character.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2007 .
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      Extent: 178p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographic references.
      • Publication date: 3 September 2007.
      ISBN: 9781921145636 (hbk.), 1921145633 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Viking , 2007 .
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      Extent: 231p.
      Note/s:
      • Diary of a Bad Year was reviewed in numerous USA newspapers in late December 2007 - early January 2008 following its American release. Some major US reviews are included on AustLit.
      ISBN: 9780670018758, 0670018759
    • London,
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      Harvill Secker , 2007 .
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      Extent: 231p.
      ISBN: 9781846551208, 184655120X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Penguin Books , 2008 .
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      Extent: 231p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 28 October 2008.
      ISBN: 9780143114482, 0143114484
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2008 .
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      Extent: 178p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 September 2008.
      ISBN: 9781921351839 (pbk.), 1921351837 (pbk.)
    • Detroit, Michigan,
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      Thorndike Press , 2008 .
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      Extent: 376p.
      Edition info: Large print ed.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 4 June 2008.
      ISBN: 9781410407146, 1410407144
    • London,
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      Vintage , 2008 .
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      Extent: 231p.
      ISBN: 9780099516224, 0099516225
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
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      Extent: xii, 178p., [2] leavesp.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781921922367 (pbk.)
      Series: y Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: Dagboek van een slecht jaar : roman
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Cossee , 2007 .
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      Extent: 187p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographic references.
      ISBN: 9789059361690, 9059361695

Works about this Work

“A Face Without Personality” : Coetzee’s Swiftian Narrators Gillian Dooley , Robert Phiddian , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , July vol. 47 no. 3 2016; (p. 1-22)
'Much has been written about the complicated intertextual relationships between J. M. Coetzee’s novels and previous works by writers such as Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Samuel Beckett, and, especially, Daniel Defoe. Relatively little has been written, in comparison, about any relationship between Coetzee and Defoe’s great contemporary, Jonathan Swift. We claim no extensive structural relationship between Coetzee’s novels and Swift’s works—nothing like the formal interlace between Robinson Crusoe and Foe, for example. We do claim, however, a strong and explicitly signalled likeness of narrative stance, marked especially by the ironic distance between author and protagonist in Gulliver’s Travels and Elizabeth Costello. We rehearse the extensive evidence of Coetzee’s attention to Swift (both in novels and criticism) and suggest that there is a Swiftian dimension to Coetzee’s oeuvre that is evident in several books, including Dusklands, Youth, Elizabeth Costello, and Diary of a Bad Year.' (Publication abstract)
Feste Ansichten in His Own Person : J.M. Coetzee Speaks Gillian Dooley , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: MediaTropes , vol. 4 no. 2 2014; (p. 31-45)
'Three recent books by J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello (2003), Diary of a Bad Year (2007), and Here and Now (2013), have included extensive expressions of opinion. The wide-ranging discussions in these books cover topics from political philosophy, language, animal rights, and paedophilia to music, food, and sport. There is substantial continuity in the opinions expressed, and the characters or personae expressing these views also have a good deal in common. Nevertheless, these opinions are expressed in three explicitly different personae. With each of these books the personae are progressively more closely identifiable with Coetzee himself. Elizabeth Costello, in the book of that name, is a character who crosses gender and national boundaries from her creator. JC in Diary of a Bad Year shares at least some biographical circumstances with Coetzee—land of birth, gender, initials, occupation, for example. Then, in Here and Now, we are presented with what purports transparently to be the author J.M. Coetzee’s own voice in correspondence with Paul Auster. How do I, as a reader and a critic, negotiate this progression? Just how much license does the apparently closer correspondence between author and writing persona give me to believe that I know what Coetzee ‘really’ thinks or believes?' (Publication abstract)
The Act of Writing and the Act of Attention Martin Harrison , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 20 2013;

'Is writing, including creative writing and its teaching, inevitably on the other side of the natural environment and ecological systems? Is writing, by definition, an action of a mindfulness and inventiveness which implicitly creates a cognitive separation between the world of the text and the world of ecological systems? A number of critics have recently been trying to propose modes and structures which merge this divide, or minimise it borrowing from biology, cognitive theory and probability theory. The paper considers a variety of such formal structures but argues especially for a particular mode of attentiveness in our concept of language and proposes its centrality in the teaching of a contemporary ecologically mindful writing. ' (Author's abstract)

Slow Man Overboard : J.M. Coetzee on Australian Hospitality Maria Takolander , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 539-545)
Untitled Liam Pieper , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel
The Master's Voices Peter Craven , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 August 2007; (p. 20)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel
Be It Poetry or Polemic, It's a Natter of Opinion Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2007; (p. 23)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel
Diary of a Bad Year: Good Things Come in Threes A. P. Riemer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 August 2007; (p. 32)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel
Untitled Kabita Dhara , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August vol. 87 no. 2 2007; (p. 32)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel
'Diary' in Three-Part Disharmony Mark Thomas , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 September 2007; (p. 11)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel
Graphic Texts Are a Novel Alternative Jane Sullivan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 25 August 2007; (p. 28)
Coetzee 'Diary' Targets PM Deborah Hope , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2007; (p. 5)
Writers on the Wing : Birds and the (De/Re)construction of Cultural Memory in Patrick Chamoiseau and J. M. Coetzee's Fictional Narratives Lucile Desblache , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 29 no. 2 2007; (p. 178-193)
What is to be Done? Larry Buttrose , 2008 single work essay
— Appears in: Wet Ink , Winter no. 11 2008; (p. 8-13)
In Praise of Slow Reading Subhash Jaireth , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 January 2010; (p. 12)
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