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Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

Diary of a Bad Year is written with three different sections on each page. The top section of each page contains essays written by Senor C, a white 72-year-old South African writer living in Australia (a fictional equivalent of Coetzee). These essays are written from the left side of the political spectrum, excoriating Bush, Cheney, and Blair. The middle section of each page contains Senor C's diary, telling of his attraction to the beautiful young neighbor, Anya, he's hired as his typist. The last section is Anya's story, who likes the attention, which angers her conservative boyfriend who plots to get even with Senor C. Diary of a Bad Year has received mixed reviews with The Independent saying, "If you are interested in literature, ideas and the reach of art deep into the heart of humanity, you must read this book."
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