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For immediate release: October 2, 2003


Market value of first novel "Dusklands" by J.M. Coetzee skyrockets online after the author is awarded Nobel Prize

(Victoria, BC, October 2, 2003) -- Abebooks is pleased to announce that rare copies of J.M. Coetzee's first novel Dusklands are available on to view and purchase.

"As of 10:00 am this morning, our websites listed 1,947 copies of novels by J.M. Coetzee, and 44 copies of his hard-to-find first novel Dusklands," reports Marci Crossan, Abebooks spokesperson.

Prices for copies of Coetzee's novels listed on range from $1.67 for a secondhand copy of Disgrace, to $800 for a rare first edition of the author's first novel Dusklands.

John and Sandra Berryman, booksellers in Ormand Beach Florida who have been selling on since 1997, hold the $800 copy of Dusklands. Mr. Berryman explains why it's priced so high: "This book was his first, published in 1974 by a small press in South Africa, called Raven's Press. I've got the first printing of the first edition and it was a small print run. It was also a long time before his second novel came out so people weren't yet holding onto his books."

Mr. Berryman has already received several offers for the book since the Nobel Prize was announced this morning: "I had it listed at $500 yesterday, and as soon as I heard the news and calls started coming from book collectors and dealers, I raised it to $800. It will be interesting to see what the market will bear."

Other novels by J.M Coetzee available on include: In the Heart of the Country, Waiting for the Barbarians, Foe, Life and Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg , Disgrace, Boyhood, Youth, and his recent novel, Elizabeth Costello.

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Abebooks strives to be the world's best book source where book buyers and sellers find books they want at prices they love.

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