Coetzee leaves us guessing the biggest questions of all

The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee. Harvill Secker, €14.99. Reviewed by Nadine O'Regan.

17th March, 2013
JM Coetzee keeps the reader guessing throughout The Childhood of Jesus. Photo: Getty

The Childhood of Jesus

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"A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." Those were the words used by Winston Churchill to describe Russia, but they could just as well be applied to the bewitching yet bewildering new novel from JM Coetzee, the two-time Booker Prize winner and Nobel laureate.

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