"Pain is truth; all else is subject to doubt": First Edition of Waiting For the Barbarians; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author J.M. Coetzee

  • Waiting for the Barbarians.

Waiting for the Barbarians.


Item Number: 4295

London: Secker & Warburg, 1980.

First British edition, preceding the South African first of this modern classic by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by J.M. Coetzee on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket without the usual sunning to the spine with a small closed tear. An exceptional example.

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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