Waiting for the Barbarians

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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 his Empire. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy with the victims and an act of rebellion which sees him imprisoned as an enemy of the state.

ISBN: 9780099465935 Author: Coetzee, J.M Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 2nd September 2004 Imprint: Vintage Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:22) Pages: 169 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

The modern classic from double Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee – soon to be a major film starring Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson and Johnny Depp

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 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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