Coetzee is a master of putting very complex stories into simple packagings.
There is the magistrate, the hero of our story, talking with the only named man, the truly faceless torturer who believes in the unconditional power of the empire.
In the regime at the time, such was the situation, South Africa, like so many other places has been a war torn place for a very long time.
Not an easy read but an interesting story into characters. I loved it.Published 1 month ago by Noel Holub
What a powerful piece of prose! The main character is a anti-hero, a magistrate in an outpost of an Empire; he's been there for twenty years and has elapsed into a kind of routine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marc L
This was a great book despite having read it a bunch of times, each through a different literary lens. Who are the barbarians? Read morePublished 3 months ago by roxy
At the start of this book, you feel like you have an idea what's going on--some kind of parable or morality play in some mythical country--and you feel sort of beyond it: what can... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deb Oestreicher