J. M. Coetzee's novels can be considered a continued enterprise in figuring and varying (the otherness of) the human body. First and foremost, it comes forward in its vulnerability and pain. Coetzee's fiction gives to understand that the body is a site upon which politics are played out and made manifest. This book is an attempt to read the various manifestations - ugliness, mutilation, cancer, etc. - with regard to the (South African) body politic.