Item 1072 - Statement on JM Coetzee receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2003

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Statement on JM Coetzee receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2003


  • 2003-10-03 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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JM Coetzee awarded the Nobel Proze for Literature for 2003

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That South Africa is an extra-ordinary country, has been demonstrated once more with the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to J M Coetzee. For a small country here on the southern tip of Africa to have produced two Nobel Prize winners in literature is indeed a remarkable achievement. We convey our warmest congratulations to J M Coetzee and would want him to know how proud he has made all of us. He might have emigrated but we shall continue to claim him as our own. His consistent portrayal of the violence and distortions of colonialism and apartheid have made him an intellectual hero in the history of our country.

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Acquisition method: From hard drive ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation Prof J Gerwel. Accessioned on 10/03/09 by Razia Saleh




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