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January Brunch - Waiting for the Barbarians (J.M. Coetzee)

  • Jan 13, 2013 · 12:15 PM
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To start 2013, a short novel by a prize-winning South African author I've been wanting to try out for more than a couple of years now.

"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.

J. M. Coetzee's prize-winning novel is a startling allegory of the war between opressor and opressed. The Magistrate is not simply a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times; his situation is that of all men living in unbearable complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency." - goodreads

Reviews:

'Waiting for the Barbarians is a distinguished piece of fiction.... True, the Empire is abstract, timeless, placeless; but through the scrim of Empire, 'Waiting for the Barbarians renders a moment in our politics, a style of our injustice. Precisely this power of historical immediacy gives the novel its thrust, its larger and, if you wish, ''universal'' value. " - The New York Times "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."—The Sunday Times (London)

About the Author:

"Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, which won South Africa’s highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the Life and Times of Michael K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life , and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for Disgrace, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature." (- BarnesandNoble.com)

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** NOTE : I WILL BE EMAILING MEMBERS ASKING YOU TO CONFIRM YOUR "YES" RSVP A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE MEETUP, WITH YOUR REPLY DUE NO LATER THAN APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT SO WE CAN GET A PRETTY ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHANGE A "YES" RSVP TO A "NO" IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE, SO MEMBERS ON THE WAITING LIST HAVE A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK. AND REMEMBER TO SEE THE "PAGES" LINK FOR THE NO-SHOW POLICY, IT'S STRICTLY ENFORCED. THANKS

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  • A former member
    A former member

    had a great time; thoughtful, engaging conversation and the restaurant was terrific!

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • Maria

    Another awesome brunch - great book, great food, and great conversations!

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • rachel

    Hi all - just another friendly reminder to please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend this meetup, so the remaining people on the waiting list have as much notice as possible if a spot opens up (which they usually do). Thanks!

    January 3, 2013

  • Edward R.

    I am in the middle of it. Great book; short but best taken slow!

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to have to skip this one, as it interferes with my vacation. Have a great time, and see you guys at the next meetup!

    December 29, 2012

  • rachel

    Hi guys - just a friendly reminder to please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend this meetup, since we already have a significant waiting list. Thanks!

    December 27, 2012

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