Waiting for the Barbarians (2020)

Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians 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 arriv
  • Title: Waiting for the Barbarians
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee
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  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee 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 branFor 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 opressor and opressed 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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  1. Samadrita

    It is impossible to read this and not be reminded of an almost genetically programmed inferiority complex, the burden of history only the descendants of the colonized have to bear Despite those smug pronouncements of the 21st century being an era of a fair and equitable world and the hard battles won in favor of interracial harmony, there s the fact of your friend barely suppressing a squawk of alarm when you express your admiration for Idris Elba no female I am acquainted with in real life has [...]

  2. Lizzy

    After the shock of the recent Paris attacks I don t know precisely why it made me recallCoetzee sWaiting for the Barbarians that I read a few years ago Yesterday it was a terrorist attack and perhaps no direct result of imperialism, but maybe the fears that the recent events provoked in me are somewhat akin to those suffered in this tiny frontier settlement with the arrival of interrogation experts Today we don t know how to defend ourselves against such tragedy, how can we escape or where next [...]

  3. Fabian

    They do not care that once the ground is cleared the wind begins to eat at the soil and the desert advances Thus the expeditionary force against the barbarians prepared for its campaign, ravaging the earth, wasting our patrimony Is this my 5th one read THE quintessential Coetzee Earlier than Life and Times of Micheal K , it is here that we see the true beginnings of Coetzee s motifs, as well as the accomplished writer s poetics A man whose fortune is reversed a war torn stage a modern Holocaust [...]

  4. Orsodimondo

    KAFKA TRA I BOSCIMANIQual compito della letteratura, rassicurarci o metterci paura Con questo libro, Coetzee risponde senza dubbio adottando la seconda ipotesi.Accogliendo i barbariElizabeth Costello, nel romanzo omonimo, si descrive cos , come se dovesse pubblicare un annuncio personale Divorziata, bianca, altezza 1.70, sessantenne, in corsa verso la morte che le corre incontro allo stesso passo, cerco dio, immortale, in qualunque forma terrestre, per fini per i quali non bastano le parole.Coet [...]

  5. RandomAnthony

    I m going to write two Waiting for the Barbarians reviews The first, in italics, is the one that someone seems to expect, the second is the one I would normally write Take your pick Waiting for the Barbarians always reminds me of this time I was on a cross country flight from DC to Oakland This 400 pound Samoan guy in a black silk suit sat across the aisle from me He feverishly wrote in his journal the entire flight, whispering things like holy fuck and yes, shit, I ve got it to himself over and [...]

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani

    287 Waiting For The Barbarians, J.M Coetzee 2009 1383 260 20 1382 180 9649542027 1383 252 9648554013 1385 226 9642647087 1384 206 964862433 1386 232 9789643059378

  7. RK-ique

    Coetzee has written a great little novel for us all You should read it A novel to be read by every generation An allegory of every empire including those past, those current and those to come Empires need enemies in order to maintain control Hence the infidels, savages, Jews, Muslims, barbarians and terrorists that we civilized empires constantly hold up as threats to our very existence And how do empires respond to real or imagined barbarians By behaving like barbarians, by becoming barbarians [...]

  8. Matt

    From such beginnings grow obsessions I am warned pg.79This quote, taken wildly out of context, serves as an accurate description of my first experience reading J.M Coetzee Having read this small book in its entirety throughout the last twenty four hours, I now have the urge to read his other works as soon as possible It is interesting how Mr Coetzee and this book in particular have become a recurring meme of sorts over the last few weeks, so i m guessing that i m not alone in this newly emerged [...]

  9. Nathaniel

    Coetzee writes for academics He writes to teach lessons, to have his themes discussed and perhaps to be chuckled at I find his books rather deliberate, hardened and inevitable Now, he s a fine writer, can turn a passable phrase and get conceptual without becoming a total bore but, he has a tendency to interpret his books for you and the mannerisms and hobbies of the characters in Waiting for the Barbarians slot them too neatly into representative categories, which makes this of an allegory or m [...]

  10. Edward

    In Waiting for the Barbarians, Coetzee has written a powerful, multilayered allegory Its central theme deals with the implications of imperialism, but this examination creates a much wider array of harmonic overtones, which concern human nature in a broader sense It illustrates the thinness of civilisation, its vulnerability, the eternal fear and strangely corrupting attraction of the seeming inevitability of its fall and rebirth, borne out time again by the cycles of history On a personal, hum [...]

  11. Cemre

    Ge en hafta bir ders i in Barbarlar Beklerken i okumam z gerekiyordu ama kitab sunacak ki i haricinde kimse bulamam t kitab nk maalesef bask s t kenmi Ben tam sunum g n m bir de K z lay daki mge Kitabevi ne bakay m dedim, daha nce bakmad ma pi man oldum San r m oradaki son bask y da ben ald m Umar m Can Yay nlar k sa s re i inde yeniden basar kitab nk okunmas gereken bir kitap bence Bu d ler a r rahatl n sonucu Bana bir barbar ordusu g sterin, inanay m s.20.Her d neme, her topluma uyabilecek bir [...]

  12. Aprile

    Echi letterari Coetzee compensa ampiamente con un valore aggiunto, anzi due o tre.Il primo Aspettando i barbari opera di uno scrittore sudafricano bianco, erede di quei conquistatori boeri perlopi coltivatori e pastori analfabeti che nel XVII secolo spinsero i nativi i khoisan, i boscimani, i barbari, per intenderci nelle terre pi ostili del Sudafrica e deportarono schiavi perlopi dal Mozambico, dall Indonesia e dal Madagascar per rifornirsi di manodopera, ed erede anche di quei colonizzatori in [...]

  13. notgettingenough

    I should never have allowed the gates of the town to be opened to people who assert that there are higher considerations than those of decency Perhaps an epitaph for our world If you like your Kafka with a large dose of morality in it, step this way I wonder if there has ever been a period in human history in which this little work would not have its place however particularly apt it may seem right now.This is the third Coetzee I ve read now and all of them are economic in terms of paper spent, [...]

  14. D. Pow

    J.M Coetzee s Waiting for the Barbarians is a stark, allegorical tale that is haunting, strange and filled with impending menace from page one It is the tale of The Magistrate, a mid level bureaucrat who presides over a small settlement on the edge of a pre industrial Empire The Empire is not named, the Barbarians are not specified, and though the particulars of the settings are echoed by historical counterparts, Coetzee leaves out enough details to make the place timeless, universal, fabulistic [...]

  15. Dagio_maya

    E contro che cosa mi schiero, se non contro la scienza della degradazione che uccide della gente inginocchiata, confusa e coperta di vergogna ai suoi stessi occhi Avrei avuto il coraggio di mettermi di fronte alla folla e chiedere giustizia per questi ridicoli prigionieri Si pu davvero passare una vita facendo finta di nulla Si pu davvero fingere anche quando le ingiustizie accadono davanti ai tuoi occhi In questo racconto un ipotetico ed emblematico Impero si fa cacciatore dell altro , il diver [...]

  16. Grazia

    Confini dell Impero, confini della Giustizia o confini dell essere uomo Un magistrato non pi giovane responsabile dell amministrazione della Giustizia in una terra di confine di un luogo non contestualizzato In realt quest uomo incarna e rappresenta il Potere e le Istituzioni di un Terzo Impero non meglio definito.Il magistrato, dopo anni di tranquillo e benevolo esercizio, in cui ha cercato di entrare in contatto con ci che stata la Storia della terra e del popolo che si trova a gestire, si sco [...]

  17. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

    Brutal And its political triad empire, frontier settlers, barbarians maps all too discomfitingly onto our own present political situation.

  18. Matt

    While writing this review the commemoration of the assassination attempt on Hitler is held in Berlin On this day, 70 years ago, world s history could have taken a turn for the better, but unfortunately the assassination failed The people involved were executed on that same evening Needless to say this took place without a charge or trial But today we remember not only the group of Graf von Stauffenberg, but all resisters and dissidents of the Nazi terror, be they individuals of culture, church, [...]

  19. Sandra

    In un tempo imprecisato, in uno sperduto avamposto di frontiera ai confini di un Impero imprecisato, la vita scorre sempre uguale secondo poche ma salde certezze quotidiane, governata da un magistrato non pi giovane, il protagonista del romanzo, di cui non sapremo mai il nome ma solo i pensieri pi intimi La tranquillit che vige nel tempo immobile dell oasi viene sconvolta dall arrivo di una spedizione militare mandata dal capoluogo dell Impero fuori dall avamposto, in un territorio sconosciuto, [...]

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