197pp., paperback, London, (2019) 2021
The third and final novel of the trilogy that began with The Childhood of Jesus, followed by The Schooldays of Jesus. David, now ten years old, is spotted by Julio, the director of a local orphanage, who notices that he shows unusual talent for football. David informs his stunned guardians Simón and Inés that he wishes to live with Julio and the children in his care.
"Concludes the trilogy with force and heart … if The Death of Jesus strikes you in the right place, then you will read its cool, dry final sentences - as I did - with tears in your eyes" John Self, The Times
"A phenomenon that arrives from out of nowhere and challenges our received ideas to breaking point ... a delicate, iridescent mystery" Guardian
J.M.Coetzee's work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.