The Life and Times of Michael KThe Life & Times of Michael K
) is a novel by J. M. Coetzee
, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
in 2003. The book itself fetched a Booker Prize
in 1983, the year it was published. It tells of a hare-lipped, simple gardener, Michael K
, trying to run away from the South African
war during the apartheid
era. His journey started from Cape Town
with his ailing mother, who wanted to go back to the more rural Prince Albert
, her girlhood home.
Some commentators notice a connection between the character Michael K and the protagonist Josef K in The Trial by Franz Kafka.