Disgrace - The novel by J. M. Coetzee shows a true picture of the era we live in, even though the story is about David Lurie, a professor of romantic literature from Cape Town, and it takes place in the far Republic of South Africa after apartheid. The novel breaks the barriers created by the lines of forces of local society, and is able to show our big European questions with sharp precision. The story shows the mutual fears and problems that we all deal with on a continent obviously facing big rearrangements. In David’s character we get to know a white African, an
always privileged snobbish intellectual, who loses his power and every point of reference in the new social system. David’s fall is also the fall of a world that allows the colonizer white people not to deal with their past and the consequences of their deeds even after several hundred years. It is also a warning for the future collapse of the European world, in which we all were brought up and that we all know so well. A stranger knocks on David Lurie’s door and he has no choice but to let him in. But when he opens the door, a new structure of the world is revealed to him, one which he has no answers for. With the rise of the masses and the oppressed, David loses everything. However in a strange way in the midst of his biggest dispossession, he finds the gift of freedom.