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Waiting for the Barbarians: A Novel (Penguin Ink) (The Penguin Ink Series) Paperback – Deckle Edge, June 29, 2010
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"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 (London)
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For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy for the victims, and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison.
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Coetzee's gifts with language (and particularly with description) lend a hallucinatory quality to his prose, which has a kind of polished command unlike any other living writer of English. (It belies the sentimentality of the cover art for this new Penguin Ink edition.) No one else writing today seems to cover as much in such a tightly controlled space as Coetzee: his short novels are gifts for college professors who can unpack and unpack their meanings with our students.