Waiting for the Barbarians

A magistrate in a country village protests the army's treatment of members of the barbarian tribes taken prisoner during a civil war and finds himself arrested as a traitor.

Author: J. M. Coetzee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099465930

Category: Africa

Page: 169

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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 with the victims and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison, branded as an enemy of the state. 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.

Waiting for the Barbarians

Detached from its context, the phrase “waiting for the barbarians,” which has
been used as everything from the title of a novel by ].M. Coetzee to the name of a
chic men's clothing store in Paris, seems to be about the plight of a precious ...

Author: Daniel Mendelsohn

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017609X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 440

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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD AND THE PEN ART OF THE ESSAY AWARD Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of our time” (Poets & Writers). In Waiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays—each one glinting with “verve and sparkle,” “acumen and passion”—on a wide range of subjects, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag’s Journals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles—none more explosively controversial than his dissection of Mad Men. Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell’s Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, “Private Lives,” prefaced by Mendelsohn’sNew Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noël Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. Waiting for the Barbarians once again demonstrates that Mendelsohn’s “sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth.”

Waiting for the Barbarians

With invective all the more deadly for its grace and wit, Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's magazine, presents a portrait of a feckless American establishment gone large in the stomach and soft in the head.

Author: Lewis H. Lapham

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841198

Category: Political Science

Page: 234

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With invective all the more deadly for its grace and wit, Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's magazine, presents a portrait of a feckless American establishment gone large in the stomach and soft in the head. This acerbic commentary on the insouciance of the monied ruling class concludes with a forewarning piece where Lapham looks at the fate of indolent ruling classes throughout history.

Waiting for the Barbarians

A fascinating collection of writings on the influential literary critic and political campaigner.

Author: Müge Gürsoy Sökmen

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 9781844672462

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 204

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A fascinating collection of writings on the influential literary critic and political campaigner.

Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians is a novel by the South African-born author J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. The novel was published in 1980.

Author: Lambert M. Surhone


ISBN: 9786131134975

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 96

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Waiting for the Barbarians is a novel by the South African-born author J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. The novel was published in 1980. It was chosen by Penguin for its series Great Books of the 20th Century and won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for fiction. American composer Philip Glass has also written an opera of the same name based on the book which premiered in September 2005 in Erfurt, Germany.Coetzee took the title from the poem Waiting for the Barbarians by Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine P. Cavafy. It may also be an allusion to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Inspiration from Dino Buzzati's novel The Tartar Steppe is also evident, both for the title and the plot.

Waiting for the Barbarians by J M Coetzee Book Analysis

THE INSIDIOUS POWER OF IMPERIALISM Genre: novel Reference edition:
Coetzee, J. M. (2004) Waiting for the Barbarians. London: Vintage. 1st edition:
1980 Themes: age, time, non-verbal communication, dreams, colonialism
Waiting for ...

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808002203

Category: Study Aids

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Waiting for the Barbarians with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee, a thought-provoking novel which examines and questions the legitimacy of colonialism through the eyes of its protagonist, an unnamed Magistrate who governs a province that borders lands inhabited by a population of so-called barbarians. Through a series of encounters with both imperial soldiers and barbarians from the lands beyond the border, the Magistrate’s outlook, social standing and life are drastically and irreversibly altered. J. M. Coetzee is widely considered one of the most significant English-language authors currently active. He was born in South Africa but was granted Australian citizenship in 2006, and has won a variety of highly coveted literary awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature. However, very little is known about his personal life, as he is an extremely private individual. Find out everything you need to know about Waiting for the Barbarians in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Exploration and Colonization

Waiting For the Barbarians: Narrative, History, and the Other” by Lorena Russell,
University of North Carolina at Asheville Written by South African novelist J. M.
Coetzee during South Africa's period of apartheid, Waiting for the Barbarians is ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1604134429

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 263

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Examines exploration, geographical discoveries, and colonization in the works of authors ranging from Homer through Bartolomâe de las Casas and Shakespeare to Wole Soyinka, Pablo Neruda, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

The Liberal and the Limits of Discourse in Waiting for the Barbarians

Although it has remained a prominent work of literature since its 1980 publication, there has been a considerable resurgence of academic interest in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians in the wake of 9/11, particularly as the novel's ...




Category: Humanism

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Although it has remained a prominent work of literature since its 1980 publication, there has been a considerable resurgence of academic interest in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians in the wake of 9/11, particularly as the novel's attention to torture, imperialist violence, and the ideological construction of civilization/bararism oppositions became increasingly relevant to the escalating "war on terror." A great deal of that scholarship has taken the form of poststructuralist analyses of the discursive production of barbarian "others" as legitimate targets of violence and domination by the empire within the novel. This paper is largely a critique of a prevailing liberal humanist current that runs throughout much of the contemporary critical works, an ideological framework that the author argues Coetzee's novel is itself a critique of. Using a methodology influenced by cultural materialism and new historicism, side-by-side readings of the Barbarians and essays by Maria Boletsi, Liani Lochner, and Robert Spencer explore the liberal convictions that the critics' perspectives share with the novel's narrator, the Magistrate. Specifically, the core thread tying these perspectives together is what the author refers to as the logic of understanding, the liberal desire to know the other--an assumption that the violence committed against the other is legitimized by virtue of our lack of understanding them and a faith that we can combat imperialist violence by expanding our capacity to know the other. It is argued that the novel is unequivocal in demonstrating that the liberal logic of understanding is not a challenge to the structures of imperialism but rather a reflection of its core ideological foundations.

Still waiting for the barbarians

... Alternative for South Africa. The Southern African Migration Project Still Waiting
for the Barbarians: SA Attitudes to Immigrants & Immigration Still Waiting for the
Barbarians: SA Attitudes to Immigrants &. STANFORD LIBRARIES Front Cover.

Author: Robert B. Mattes



Category: History

Page: 30

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Eros Logos and Fictional Masculinity

CHAPTER SEVEN Waiting for the Barbarians , or Troubling Desire Consume my
heart away ; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is
. - Yeats , “ Sailing to Byzantium ” Now what ' s going to happen to us without ...

Author: Danuta Fjellestad

Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell International


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Critical Essays on J M Coetzee

Waiting for the Barbarians has been no exception to the critical consensus , its
lack of specific location in time and place , its emphasis on the cyclical time of the
seasons , its narrative present tense , all making it susceptible to ahistorical and ...

Author: Brace Farrell

Publisher: Twayne Publishers


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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"This volume contains sixteen articles and essayslinked by their attention to central issues raised in Coetzee s writing such as the relationships between autobiography and fiction, literature and politics, sexuality and textuality, feminist poetics and fiction-making, and Apartheid. Edited and introduced by Coetzee scholar, Dr. Sue Kossew, this volume offers the reader and excellent opportunity to grasp the wide range of interpretations his books welcome." - BookDepository.

Transnational Lives and the Media

Waiting for the Barbarians Just over a hundred years ago Constantine Cavafy
wrote the poem ' Waiting for the Barbarians ' . Cavafy received a classical
education in England and lived in the cosmopolitan merchant quarters of
Alexandria .

Author: Olga G. Bailey

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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This collection offers a comprehensive account of the relation between diaspora and media cultures drawing from traditional and innovative theoretical and empirical approaches illustrated by original case studies. It analyzes the dilemmas of the field, the tensions and promises of the politics of transnational communication and diasporas, the consumption of national and transnational media by diasporas communities, and the views of non-governmental organizations on issues of the politics of participation and representation of ethnic minorities in the media.

J M Coetzee

le point aveugle au centre de toutes choses , de l ' oeil qui ne voit pas comme
des ...

Author: Liliane Louvel




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A Story of South Africa

McDowell then surveys a number of books by South Africans that had been or
were about to be published in the United States , including Waiting for the
Barbarians , which came out in 1982 . First published in 1980 by Secker and
Warburg in ...

Author: Susan V. Gallagher



Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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With the publication of Age of Iron--winner of Britain's richest fiction prize, the Sunday Express Book of the Year for 1990--J. M. Coetzee is now recognized as one of the foremost writers of our day. In this timely study of Coetzee's fiction, Susan Gallagher places his work in the context of South African history and politics. Her close historical readings of Coetzee's six major novels explore how he lays bare the "dense complicity between thought and language" in South Africa. Following a penetrating description of the unique difficulties facing writers under apartheid, Gallagher recounts how history, language, and authority have been used to marginalize the majority of South Africa's people. Her story reaches from the beginnings of Afrikaner nationalism to the recent past: the Sharpeville massacre, the jailing of Nelson Mandela, and the Soweto uprising. As a result of his rejection of liberal and socialist realism, Coetzee has been branded an escapist, but Gallagher ably defends him from this charge. Her cogent, convincingly argued examination of his novels demonstrates that Coetzee's fictional response is "apocalyptic in the most profound Biblical sense, obscurely pointing toward ineffable realities transcending discursive definition." Viewing Coetzee's fiction in this context, Gallagher describes a new kind of novel "that arises out of history, but also rivals history." This analysis reveals Coetzee's novels to be profound responses to their time and place as well as richly rewarding investigations of the storyteller's art.


112 ) We agree with Brian Worsfold , who infers from this passage that “ there
should be no dogmatic or final agreement among readers and critics about what
the analogies in this allegory ( Waiting for the Barbarians ) represent ' ' What the ...




Category: Commonwealth countries


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