The escapologist: Possible equivalences in a cat-and-mouse game

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In order to grasp the complexity of allusions in J.M. Coetzee's new novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, you need to have your wits about you. On the other hand, as with its prequel, The Childhood of Jesus (2013), the novel may also be read fairly simply, as a fable. As a sequel to the first 'Jesus' novel, it progresses the story of Simón, Inés, and David, the 'holy family,' as they continue their journey, with their dog Bolívar, from the town named Novilla to a new town, Estrella, meaning 'star' in Spanish, in an unspecified Spanish-speaking country.'
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-30
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Book Review
Issue numberOctober 2016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • J,M.Coetzee
  • The Schooldays of Jesus

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