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Waiting for the Barbarians. by  J.M Coetzee - Signed First Edition - 1981 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 116489)

Waiting for the Barbarians.

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Waiting for the Barbarians.

by Coetzee, J.M

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Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1981. First South African edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "Charles Barry with very best wishes J.M. Coetzee 23/4/81." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine, bookplate of the recipient. 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. "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). 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. It was the basis for the 2018 film directed by Ciro Guerra and featuring Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson, and Johnny Depp.

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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 and is regarded as one of Coetzee's finest pieces of writing. 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.

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book dealer
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
116489
Title
Waiting for the Barbarians.
Author
Coetzee, J.M
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Ravan Press
Place of Publication
Johannesburg
Date Published
1981
Keywords
J.M. Coetzee First Edition, Waiting for the Barbarians First Edition

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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jacket
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bookplate
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inscribed
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octavo
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fine
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