First Edition of Dusklands; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author J.M. Coetzee
Item Number: 224
Johannesburg: Raven Press, 1974.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket that shows some light soiling to the extremities.
Dusklands is a pair of novellas in the tradition of Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The first novella "Dusklands" probes the links between the powerful and the powerless. The second novella "Vietnam Project" is narrated by a researcher investigating the effectiveness of United States propaganda and psychological warfare in Vietnam. The question of power is also explored in "The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee," the story of an eighteenth-century Boer frontiersman who vows revenge on the Hottentot natives because they have failed to treat him with the respect that he thinks a white man deserves.