Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

A Novel

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140061109
  • 160 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians. When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire’s cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted into sympathy for their victims, he commits a quixotic act of rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state.

J. M. Coetzee’s prize-winning novel is a startling allegory of the war between opressor and opressed. The Magistrate is not simply a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times; his situation is that of all men living in unbearable complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.

Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

J. M. Coetzee

Awards

Nobel Prize in Literature – winner

Praise

“A real literary event” —Irving Howe, The New York Times Book Review (front-page review)

“I have known few authors who can evoke such a wilderness in the heart of a man…. Mr. Coetzee knows the elusive terror of Kafka.” —Bernard Levin, The Sunday Times (London)

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