Waiting For The Barbarians

Paperback | October 4, 2004

byJ.m. Coetzee

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For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy for the victims, and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison.

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For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy for the victims, and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison.

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"I have known few authors who can evoke such a wilderness in the heart of man. He is an artist of a weight and depth that put him beyond ordinary comparisons...Coetzee knows the elusive terror of Kafka." -- Sunday Times

J. M. COETZEE’s work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime and The Childhood of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.79 × 5.14 × 0.45 inPublished:October 4, 2004Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099465930

ISBN - 13:9780099465935

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A truly great read. Coetzee wrote a great book that makes you think. The brilliance that Coetzee displays in his descriptions of events makes the story transferable to many other places and times. I would highly recommend this book to any and all.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from But of course they never come. Once the allegoric style has been understood all falls into place in this story about a minor official on the outskirts of an unnamed empire who tries to be a good citizen in spite of and not because of the machinations of the central authority.
Date published: 2007-10-12

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"I have known few authors who can evoke such a wilderness in the heart of man. He is an artist of a weight and depth that put him beyond ordinary comparisons...Coetzee knows the elusive terror of Kafka." -- Sunday Times