Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

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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.

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A novel in which, for decades, the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, but a quixotic act of rebellion lands him in jail, branded an enemy of the state. From the author of DUSKLANDS.

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