Waiting for the Barbarians
For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians. When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire's cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted... show more
For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians. When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire's cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted into sympathy for their victims, he commits a quixotic act of rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state. J. M. Coetzee's prize-winning novel is a startling allegory of the war between opressor and opressed. The Magistrate is not simply a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times; his situation is that of all men living in unbearable complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.
Publish date: April 29th 1982
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Nobel Prize
, African Literature
This was my third book by J.M. Coetzee and it was the best of the three I have read. This book looks at a magistrate for the British Empire living in a frontier settlement of an African nation. The book examines his anti-colonialist views at the end of a long life and career, and it also has a dee...
This is my second book by Coetzee after reading Disgrace. It is very different from Disgrace being a sort of Kafkaesque parable. It is about a magistrate that administers a sleepy backwater for the Empire. There are Barbarians outside the gates. The Magistrate eventually comes to sympathize with...
This is one of those short books that impacts you sometimes like a punch in the gut, and sometimes with a far more quiet, lingering power. Beautifully written in a spare, but often lyrical, style and intimate first-person voice, it has the quality of a fairytale or allegory. Narrated by a man we kno...
This is a fable that takes place in an unnamed border town between an imaginary Empire and its wild frontier. The town's aging Magistrate undergoes a trial of values and conscience as his peaceful routine is shattered by the Empire's declaration of war against nomadic tribes living outside its juris...
Ein gute Geschichte über Krieg, Politik, Folter und Erniedrigung und die Folgen daraus für Täter und Opfer und vor allem für die Zivilbevölkerung einer Stadt irgendwo an einer Grenze in einem fiktiven Land.Leider sprang bei mir der Funke nicht über und ich hab mich lange gefragt, warum das so ist. W...
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