Waiting for the Barbarians
By (author) J. M. Coetzee
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Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Book DescriptionFor 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 with the victims and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison, branded as an enemy of the state. Waiting for the Barbarians is an allegory of oppressor and oppressed. Not just a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times, the Magistrate is an analogue of all men living in complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099465935
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life, Youth, and Disgrace which won the Booker Prize, making him the first author to have won it twice. In 2003 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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