Summertime Signed by J.M. Coetzee 1st / 1st 2009
First edition and first print published by Secker & Warburg in 2009. This is a fine copy. The wrapper is very complete with little if any wear at all. It hasn't been price clipped. The book presents as unread. There is no handling wear at all. The author has signed to the title page without dedication. Overall a fine signed copy.
Summertime is the third in a series of fictionalized memoirs by Coetzee (the first two being Boyhood and Youth) and details the life of one John Coetzee from the perspective of five people who have known him. The novel largely takes place in the mid to late 1970s, largely in Cape Town, although there are also important scenes in more remote South African settings. While there are obvious similarities between the actual writer of the novel, J. M. Coetzee, and the subject of the novel, John Coetzee, there are some differences - most notably that the John Coetzee of the novel is reported as having died. Within the novel, the opinions and thoughts of the five people are compiled and interpreted by a fictitious biographer, who also adds fragments from John Coetzee's notebooks. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Booker Prize.