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A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

—Sir Winston Churchill
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Waiting for the Barbarians

(1980)
Author: J. M. Coetzee
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 156
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Bindings:Paper Back
Classifications:Drama
Synopsis:
For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians. When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire's cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted into sympathy for their victims, he commits a quixotic act of rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state.