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Waiting for the Barbarians

Coetzee, J. M.

ISBN 10: 0869751980 / ISBN 13: 9780869751985
Published by Ravan Press, South Africa, 1981
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. SIGNED by Coetzee on the first end page. The book is clean and bright. The panels of the jacket are bright, though the spine is sun faded. Two short tears and associated creasing to the lower rear panel of the jacket. There is no price listed on the jacket. This is a first Ravan Press edition of Coetzee's second novel, preceeded in publication by the 1980 Secker and Warburg edition. 156 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2004660

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Title: Waiting for the Barbarians

Publisher: Ravan Press, South Africa

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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A modern classic, this early novel by Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee centers on the crisis of conscience and morality of the Magistrate-a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the "barbarians." Waiting for the Barbarians is an allegory of oppressor and oppressed. Not just a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times, the Magistrate is an analogue of all men living in complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency. "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." (Bernard Levin, The Sunday Times)

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