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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 Into Sympathy For Their Victims, He Commits A Quixotic Act Of Rebellion That Brands Him An Enemy Of The StateJ M Coetzee S Prize Winning Novel Is A Startling Allegory Of The War Between Oppressor And Oppressed 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


About the Author: J.M. Coetzee

John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa He became an Australian citizen in 2006 after relocating there in 2002 A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.



10 thoughts on “Waiting for the Barbarians

  1. says:

    It is impossible to read this and not be reminded of an almost genetically programmed inferiority complex, the burden of history only the descendants of the colonized have to bear Despite those smug pronouncements of the 21st century being an era of a fair and equitable world and the hard battles won in favor of interracial harmony, there s the fact of your friend barely suppressing a squawk of alarm when you express your admiration


  2. says:

    They do not care that once the ground is cleared the wind begins to eat at the soil and the desert advances Thus the expeditionary force against the barbarians prepared for its campaign, ravaging the earth, wasting our patrimony Is this my 5th one read THE quintessential Coetzee I may or not be nodding my head Earlier than Life Times of Micheal K , it is here that we see the true beginnings of Coetzee s motifs, as well as the accomplished wr


  3. says:

    287 Waiting For The Barbarians, J.M CoetzeeWaiting for the Barbarians is a novel by the South African born Nobel laureate J M Coetzee First published in 1980 The story is narrated in the first person by the unnamed magistrate of a small colonial town that exists as the territorial frontier of the Empire The Magistrate s rather peaceful existence comes to an end with the Empire s declaration of a state of emergency and with the deployment of the Thir


  4. says:

    After the shock of the recent Paris attacks I don t know precisely why it made me recall Coetzee s Waiting for the Barbarians that I read a few years ago Yesterday it was a terrorist attack and perhaps no direct result of imperialism, but maybe the fears that the recent events provoked in me are somewhat akin to those suffered in this tiny frontier settlement with the arrival of interrogation experts Today we don t know how to defend ourselves against such


  5. says:

    Pain is truth Maybe, according to the obscure man in power who thinks people lie until they are broken by torture However, the truth he gets is not factual truth, but rather psychological nakedness And it is not the pain, but the fear that guides the narrative Fear of pain, fear of change, fear of the Barbarians Each dictatorship built on injustice needs Barbarians for protection Or fear of barbarians, to beprecise As long as they lurk in the desert, brutal laws se


  6. says:

    I m going to write two Waiting for the Barbarians reviews The first, in italics, is the one that someone seems to expect, the second is the one I would normally write Take your pick Waiting for the Barbarians always reminds me of this time I was on a cross country flight from DC to Oakland This 400 pound Samoan guy in a black silk suit sat across the aisle from me He feverishly wrote in his journal the entire flight, whispering things like holy fuck and yes, shit, I ve got


  7. says:

    A novel as thin and tight and sharp as razor wire WFTB was an allegorical nightmare filled with both moral clarity and an intense and heavy sadness It is interesting to read this at the same time as The Decline Fall of the Roman Empire It also reminds me again and again of Mayer s fantastic book The Dark Side The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals How can Coetzee have written so clearly in 1980 about our modern culture of torture, Empire, de


  8. says:

    Coetzee has written a great little novel for us all You should read it A novel to be read by every generation An allegory of every empire including those past, those current and those to come Empires need enemies in order to maintain control Hence the infidels, savages, Jews, Muslims, barbarians and terrorists that we civilized empires constantly hold up as threats to our very existence And how do empires respond to real or imagined barbarians By behaving like barbarians, by becoming Coet


  9. says:

    Incisive and gripping, told in prose that reads to me like a cold clear stream always moving, with occasional surprising depths of insight I found to be especially profound his insights into empire and its dissolutions, which seem quite relevant today in America I won t rehash the plot, but suffice it to say that I loved the almost fairy tale aspect of it the setting that was nowhere and everywhere, no time and yet somehow timeless A real work of art.


  10. says:

    Waiting for the Barbarians, my first novel by the 2003 recipient Nobel Prize in Literature, was a distinguished piece of fiction, one of urgency and profundity, written with a lingering Faulkneresque prose The story of an imaginary Empire, set in an unspecified place and time, yet recognizable as a version of his country of birth, South Africa, allows Coetzee some esthetic distance from his subject, for even while remaining locked with the history of his moment, he isn t completely at the mercy Waiting f


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