Waiting for the Barbarians

J. M. Coetzee (Author) Andrew Wincott (Read by)


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 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.

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Publish Date
May 12, 2020
5.25 X 0.5 X 6.75 inches | 0.0 pounds
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About the Author

J.M. Coetzee (Cape Town, 1940) is a novelist, essayist and writer of short stories. He twice received the Booker Prize for his novels Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace. In 2003 he received the Nobel Prize for his entire body of works. Humo proclaimed Coetzee "the Biggest Writer of All Time". Coetzee reinforced his status as one of the most important contemporary writers with his most recent novels The Childhood of Jesus (2013) and The Schooldays of Jesus (2016).
Andrew Wincott is a British actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He is most known in radio drama as the voice of Adam Macy in The Archers. He has worked with numerous theater companies throughout the UK.