Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

A Novel (Penguin Ink)


Illustrator: C. C. Askew

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143116929
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

J.M. Coetzee’s latest book co-written with Arabella Kurtz, The Good Story, is now available from Viking Books

A modern classic by Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee

Waiting for the Barbarians centers on the crisis of the conscience of the Magistrate—a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the “barbarians.” After he witnesses the cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war, he reconsiders his role in the regime and carries out a quixotic act of rebellion.
Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

J. M. Coetzee, Illustrator: C. C. Askew

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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