Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee Paperback Book


Rent Waiting for the Barbarians

Author: J. M. Coetzee

Format: Quality Paperback, Paperback

Publisher: Penguin USA

Published: Apr 1982

Genre: Fiction - General

Retail Price: $15.00

Pages: 160


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.