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

  • Waiting for the Barbarians.

Waiting for the Barbarians.


Item Number: 62017

London: Secker & Warburg, 1980.

Second printing preceding the South African first of this modern classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by J.M. Coetzee on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of toning to the spine.

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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