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Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin Ink) - J.M. Coetzee, Chris Conn, C.C. Askew
Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin Ink)
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A modern classic, this early novel by Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee centers on the crisis of conscience and morality of the Magistrate-a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the "barbarians."
A modern classic, this early novel by Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee centers on the crisis of conscience and morality of the Magistrate-a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the "barbarians."
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ISBN: 9780143116929 (0143116924)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 180
Edition language: English
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Julian Meynell's Books
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4.0 Waiting for the Barbarians
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...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 Waiting for the Barbarians: A Novel (Penguin Ink) (The Penguin Ink Series)
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...
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Chance's Take on Books rated it
4.0
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...
Awogfli - Bookcroc
Awogfli - Bookcroc rated it
3.0
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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