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Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

Four modern classics by the great South African writer, J. M. Coetzee, re-released with stylish new covers and accompanied by introductions from some of Australia's brightest writing talents

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ISBN 9781925774634
Barcode 9781925774634
Published 2 July 2019 by The Text Publishing Company
Available in EPUB format
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Language en
Author(s) By Coetzee, J. M.
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ISBN-13 9781925774634
ISBN-10 1925774635
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher The Text Publishing Company
Imprint Text Publishing
Publication Date 2 July 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Coetzee, J. M.
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
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How do you eradicate contempt, especially when that contempt is founded on nothing more substantial than differences in table manners, variations in the structure of the eyelid? Shall I tell you what I sometimes wish? I wish that these barbarians would rise up and teach us a lesson, so that we would learn to respect them.

After twenty years of peacefully running one of the Empire's settlements, a magistrate takes pity on an enemy barbarian who has been tortured. He enters into an awkward intimate relationship with her, and then is himself imprisoned as an enemy of the state.

Waiting for the Barbarians is a disturbing political fable about oppression, the fraught desire for reparation, and about living with a troubled conscience under an unjust regime. In examining who we think we are, Coetzee probes our dreams, thoughts, shame and desires.

In awarding the Nobel Prize to Coetzee in 2003, the committee called this lauded novel 'a political thriller in the tradition of Joseph Conrad, in which the idealist's naivete opens the gates to horror'.

J.M. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. He lives in Adelaide.
'A real literary event.' New York Times Book Review
'I have known few authors who can evoke such a wilderness in the heart of a man...Mr. Coetzee knows the elusive terror of Kafka.' Sunday Times (London)
'A power of historical immediacy gives this novel its thrust, its larger and, if you wish, universal value.' New York Times Books of the Century

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A real literary event.'

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Author's Bio

J.M. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. He lives in Adelaide.

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