Waiting for the Barbarians by J M Coetzee

The novel is set in a small frontier town of an unnamed empire, where the magistrate lives a life of civil service and relative peace. His world is disrupted when the Empire declares a state of emergency due to rumors of barbarian uprising. The magistrate becomes a critic of the Empire's brutal and inhumane methods of dealing with the perceived threat, which leads to his arrest and torture. As he tries to understand his role in the vast political machinery, he also grapples with questions of power, justice, and humanity.

The 571st greatest book of all time


Published
1980
Nationality
South African
Type
Fiction
Pages
150-200
Words
56,000
Original Language
English

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