John Maxwell Coetzee received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and is seen as one of the world's greatest living authors. He was born in South Africa, but today holds Australian citizenship.
He is the author of sagacious and complex novels that often focus on an individual trying to hold his own in a group. The author is a supporter of animal rights and here there is a link to the Flemish sculptress Berlinde De Bruyckere, who will stage a solo exhibition at the Biennale. It was De Bruyckere, who is famed for her sculptures of wounded animals and people, who asked Coetzee to serve as curator.