J.M. Coetzee, Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 2003, publicou o seu novo livro em Inglaterra (em Janeiro de 2008 nos EUA) com o título Diary of a Bad Year. Está aqui um extracto. E aqui uma crítica, no The Independent.
«Every account of the origins of the state starts from the premise that "we"—not we the readers but some generic we so wide as to exclude no one—participate in its coming into being. But the fact is that the only "we" we know—ourselves and the people close to us—are born into the state; and our forebears too were born into the state as far back as we can trace. The state is always there before we are.»