Waiting for the Barbarians
A modern classic by Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee. J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, will soon be available from Viking.
Waiting for the Barbarians centers on the crisis of the conscience of the Magistrate--a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the "barbarians." After he witnesses the cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war, he reconsiders his role in the regime and carries out a quixotic act of rebellion.
Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies), Ciro Guerra and producer Michael Fitzgerald are teaming up to to bring J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians to the big screen. Deadline reported that Fitzgerald (Wise Blood, The Pledge) "is the one who pulled the prestigious project together with Rylance and Guerra."
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Chilling torture, metaphorical look at colonialism/imperialism, good IB text but sexual material
Narator is the chief military figure of an army outpost. He comes to appreciate the culture and lifestyle of the aboriginal tribes of the region. Although the narrator does not fully realize he him is a barbarian, he does become victim to thoughtless groupthink of the military as it demonizes the aboriginals. Labeling the aboriginals as barbarians, the narrator looses everything and voices the thoughts of an individual.