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Waiting for the Barbarians


A novel in which, for decades, the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.250

A page-turner

by Kuni on Sep 17, 2012

The book engaged me with sensual and lively details and a precise plot. It made me feel as if I had been in the middle the of the grim scenes of imprisonment and torturing. And it is not that long! While I liked the book in general, I thought that there were some parts that felt a little too symbolic ... More


The best fiction today

by jaimeMalamud on Jun 18, 2009

Politically inspired terror and extreme cruelty are mostly premised on fiction but a kind of fiction with no place for pitty and respect. This is a strange story, the wold of a aprawling Empire and its henchmen poised for a war we cannot understand (nor can they1) Gripping, written in the best English ... More


An important read

by MickyP on Jan 21, 2008

One can see why the Nobel Prize for Literature was bestowed on Coetzee?s when they read this novel. Even though this story was written over twenty years ago, the themes and narrative are most salient to today?s society. A flawed protagonist struggles in a ubiquitous empire confronting an equally ... More


From New Zealand

by NZstudent on Jun 7, 2007

This book was ordered for my daughter who was advised that this is a required text for 1st year english university students in Wellington, New Zealand. It is out of print and the availability through libraries is limited. I can only speak to this book in terms of service provided. The book arrived 1 ... More

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