• Waiting for the Barbarians

First South African Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Author’s Magnum Opus Waiting For The Barbarians; Signed by the Author

Waiting for the Barbarians.


Item Number: 225

Johannesburg: Raven Press, 1980.

First South African edition. Octavo, original black cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a spine faded dust jacket.

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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