He named his five favorite books for The Daily Beast. One title on the list:
DisgraceRead about the other books on the list.
by J. M. Coetzee
Likely my favourite living writer. It's astonishing how much he does with so little. Disgrace is a spare and searing work about the changing South Africa, told through the story of a professor whose life goes all wrong.
Disgrace also appears on Ian Holding's top ten list of books that teach us about southern Africa; it is one of Vendela Vida's favorite books of the last ten years.
Also see Yann Martel's recent (and somewhat different) 6 favorite books list.