Waiting for the Barbarians


J. M. Coetzee

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The Magistrate’s Dream

Throughout the novel, the magistrate has a recurring dream in which he approaches a group of children building a castle out of snow. As he gets closer, the children around the castle slowly disperse, while…

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Blindness and Joll’s Sunglasses

The idea of blindness is expressed both by Colonel Joll’s sunglasses and the barbarian girl’s damaged eyes. In the case of Colonel Joll, his sunglasses ironically suggest his willingness to put blinders up…

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