The protagonist, called Señor C. by the other characters, is an aging South African writer living in Sydney. The novel consists of his essays and musings alongside diary entries by both Señor C. and Anya, a neighbor whom he has hired as a typist. The essays, which take up the larger part of each page, are on wide-ranging topics, including the politics of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Guantanamo Bay, and terrorism. The diary entries appear beneath the essays and describe the relationship that develops between the two characters, a relationship that ultimately leads to subtle evolutions in both their worldviews.
Diary of a Bad Year is a book by South African-born Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Learn about politics and terrorism.
- A suspenseful, thought-provoking, and quite interesting trip.