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The Childhood of Jesus

After crossing oceans, a man and a boy arrive in a new land. Here they are each assigned a name and an age, and held in a camp in the desert while they learn Spanish, the language of their new country. As Simón and David they make their way to the relocation centre in the city of Novilla, where officialdom treats them politely, but not necessarily helpfully. Simón finds a job in a grain wharf. The work is unfamiliar and backbreaking, but he soon warms to his stevedore comrades, who during breaks conduct philosophical dialogues on the dignity of labour, and generally take him to their hearts. Now he must set about his task of locating the boy's mother. Though like everyone else who arrives in this new country he seems to be washed clean of all traces of memory, he is convinced he will know her when he sees her. And indeed, while walking with the boy in the countryside Simón catches sight of a woman he is certain is the mother, and persuades her to assume the role. David's new mother comes to realise that he is an exceptional child, a bright, dreamy boy with highly unusual ideas about the world. But the school authorities detect a rebellious streak in him and insist he be sent to a special school far away. His mother refuses to yield him up, and it is Simón who must drive the car as the trio flee across the mountains.

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  • "Een oudere man en een weeskind proberen in hun land van immigratie te overleven."
  • "After crossing oceans, a man and a boy arrive in a new land. Here they are each assigned a name and an age, and held in a camp in the desert while they learn Spanish, the language of their new country. As Simón and David they make their way to the relocation centre in the city of Novilla, where officialdom treats them politely, but not necessarily helpfully. Simón finds a job in a grain wharf. The work is unfamiliar and backbreaking, but he soon warms to his stevedore comrades, who during breaks conduct philosophical dialogues on the dignity of labour, and generally take him to their hearts. Now he must set about his task of locating the boy's mother. Though like everyone else who arrives in this new country he seems to be washed clean of all traces of memory, he is convinced he will know her when he sees her. And indeed, while walking with the boy in the countryside Simón catches sight of a woman he is certain is the mother, and persuades her to assume the role. David's new mother comes to realise that he is an exceptional child, a bright, dreamy boy with highly unusual ideas about the world. But the school authorities detect a rebellious streak in him and insist he be sent to a special school far away. His mother refuses to yield him up, and it is Simón who must drive the car as the trio flee across the mountains."@en
  • ""A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master""
  • ""David is a small boy who has come by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper which would have explained everything. On the boat a man named Simón has taken it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival they have been assigned new names, new birthdays. They know nothing about the customs of their new country. They know little Spanish, the language spoken there. They are people without a past. Simón wants to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. 'But after we find her, ' David asks, 'what are we here for?'"--Jacket."
  • "DavÃd is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named SimÃ3n takes it upon himself to look after the boy. SimÃ3nâ??s goal is to find the boyâ??s mother; he feels sure he will know her."@en
  • ""J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master"--"@en
  • ""A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master"--"@en
  • "Contemporary fiction. After crossing oceans, a man and a boy - both strangers to each other - arrive in a new land. David, the boy, has lost his mother and Simon vows to look after him. In this strange new country they are assigned a new name, a new birthday, a new life."@en
  • "Twee bootvluchtelingen, een oudere man en een jongen die door de man onder diens hoede is genomen, proberen in een niet nader genoemd en grillig Spaanstalig land een nieuw leven op te bouwen."
  • "'The Childhood of Jesus' is a profound, beautiful and continually surprising novel from J.M. Coetzee, author of 'Waiting for the Barbarians' and 'Summertime'."@en
  • "J. M. Coetzees großer Roman ›Die Kindheit Jesu‹ ist ein Meteor voller Intensität, Überraschung und Schönheit. Emigration, Einsamkeit, das Rätsel einer Ankunft: In einem fremden Land finden sich ein Mann und ein Junge wieder, wo sie ohne Erinnerung ihr Leben neu erfinden müssen. Sie müssen nicht nur eine neue Sprache lernen, sondern auch dem Jungen eine Mutter suchen. - In einem dunklen Glas spiegelt J. M. Coetzee unsere Welt, so dass sich alles Nebensächliche unseres Umgangs verliert und die elementarsten Gesten sichtbar werden."
  • ""A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master"--"
  • ""A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master"--"@en

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  • "Romans (teksten)"
  • "Going it alone"
  • "Miscellaneous fiction"@en
  • "Miscellaneous fiction"
  • "Belletristische Darstellung"
  • "Erzählende Literatur: Gegenwartsliteratur ab 1945"
  • "South African fiction (English)"@en
  • "Allegories"@en
  • "Allegories"
  • "Roman sud-africain de langue anglaise"
  • "Translations"
  • "Fiction"
  • "Fiction"@en
  • "Powieść południowoafrykańska"@pl
  • "Electronic books"
  • "Electronic books"@en
  • "Psychological fiction"@en

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  • "Dzieciństwo Jezusa"@pl
  • "Ježišovo detstvo"
  • "Jeesuksen lapsuus"
  • "Jesu barndom"
  • "Jesu barndom"@da
  • "A infância de Jesus : romance"
  • "Yesu de tong nian = The childhood of Jesus"
  • "Childhood of Jesus"
  • "Die Kindheit Jesu Roman"
  • "Jézus gyermekkora"
  • "La infantesa de Jesús"@ca
  • "La infantesa de Jesús"
  • "Copilăria lui Isus"
  • "Jezusovo otroštvo"
  • "Jezusovo otroštvo"@sl
  • "The Childhood of Jesus"
  • "The Childhood of Jesus"@en
  • "Une enfance de Jésus"
  • "Ye su de tong nian"
  • "La infancia de Jesús"@es
  • "La infancia de Jesús"
  • "耶稣的童年 = The childhood of Jesus"
  • "De kinderjaren van Jezus"
  • "Jesusen haurtzaroa"
  • "De kinderjaren van Jezus : roman"
  • "Die Kindheit Jesu : Roman"
  • "The childhood of Jesus"@en
  • "The childhood of Jesus"
  • "耶稣的童年"
  • "Une enfance de Jésus : roman"

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