Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians 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 arriv

  • Title: Waiting for the Barbarians
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee
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  • Page: 186
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  • 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 branFor 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.

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    1. هذا هو ما تقدمه الحضارات الغربية، بعد ان يأتي البرابرة للتجارة مع المستوطنة او البلدة الحدودية لإمبراطورية ما. تجدهم نائمين في البرك وفِي الطرقات والمجارير بعد ليلة سكر وخمر.لم تكن البلدة تتعرض الى اَي خطر، فالبرابرة لا يراهم احد الا في موسم معين يتاجرون وينفقون اموالهم على [...]

    2. It is impossible to read this and not be reminded of an almost genetically programmed inferiority complex, the burden of history only the descendants of the colonized have to bear. Despite those smug pronouncements of the 21st century being an era of a fair and equitable world and the hard battles won in favor of interracial harmony, there's the fact of your friend barely suppressing a squawk of alarm when you express your admiration for Idris Elba - no female I am acquainted with in real life h [...]

    3. After the shock of the recent Paris attacks I don’t know precisely why it made me recallCoetzee’sWaiting for the Barbarians that I read a few years ago. Yesterday it was a terrorist attack and perhaps no direct result of imperialism, but maybe the fears that the recent events provoked in me are somewhat akin to those suffered in this tiny frontier settlement with the arrival of interrogation experts. Today we don’t know how to defend ourselves against such tragedy, how can we escape or whe [...]

    4. "They do not care that once the ground is cleared the wind begins to eat at the soil and the desert advances. Thus the expeditionary force against the barbarians prepared for its campaign, ravaging the earth, wasting our patrimony."Is this--my 5th one read--THE quintessential Coetzee? Earlier than "Life and Times of Micheal K.", it is here that we see the true beginnings of Coetzee's motifs, as well as the accomplished writer's poetics. A man whose fortune is reversed; a war-torn stage; a modern [...]

    5. KAFKA TRA I BOSCIMANIQual è compito della letteratura, rassicurarci o metterci paura?Con questo libro, Coetzee risponde senza dubbio adottando la seconda ipotesi.Accogliendo i barbariElizabeth Costello, nel romanzo omonimo, si descrive così, come se dovesse pubblicare un annuncio personale: Divorziata, bianca, altezza 1.70, sessantenne, in corsa verso la morte che le corre incontro allo stesso passo, cerco dio, immortale, in qualunque forma terrestre, per fini per i quali non bastano le parole [...]

    6. I’m going to write two Waiting for the Barbarians reviews. The first, in italics, is the one that someone seems to expect, the second is the one I would normally write. Take your pick!Waiting for the Barbarians always reminds me of this time I was on a cross-country flight from DC to Oakland. This 400 pound Samoan guy in a black silk suit sat across the aisle from me. He feverishly wrote in his journal the entire flight, whispering things like “holy fuck!” and “yes, shit, I’ve got it! [...]

    7. 287. Waiting For The Barbarians, J.M. Coetzeeدر انتظار بربرها - جی.ام. کوتسی انتشاراتیها: (البرز، اژدهای طلایی؛ جیحون؛ نشر قصه؛ پلک؛ نشر مرکز)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 2009 میلادیعنوان: درانتظار بربرها؛ نویسنده: جی.ام. کوتسی؛ برگردان: محمدرضا هنجی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، البرز، 1383 [...]

    8. Coetzee has written a great little novel for us all. You should read it. A novel to be read by every generation. An allegory of every empire (including those past, those current and those to come). Empires need enemies in order to maintain control. Hence the 'infidels, savages, Jews, Muslims, barbarians and terrorists' that we civilized empires constantly hold up as threats to our very existence. And how do empires respond to real or imagined barbarians? By behaving like barbarians, by becoming [...]

    9. بانتظار البرابرةعن صناعة الغول نتحدث، حينما يستحث الشعب جُلّ مخيلته فيخلق لنفسه غولاً, ثم يغذيه فضلة خوفه حتى يتضخم الغول ويلتهم صانعه. عن هوس الجموع نتكلم، عن أن يعتزل الشعب التفكير ويتبع ما يقال له ويسمعه دون التوقف هنيهة لإعادة التفكير فيغدو مطرقة طيعة بيد المحرضين، يهشم [...]

    10. "From such beginnings grow obsessions: I am warned." pg.79This quote, taken wildly out of context, serves as an accurate description of my first experience reading J.M. Coetzee. Having read this small book in its entirety throughout the last twenty four hours, I now have the urge to read his other works as soon as possible. It is interesting how Mr. Coetzee and this book in particular have become a recurring meme of sorts over the last few weeks, so i'm guessing that i'm not alone in this newly [...]

    11. افتعال الحكومات للأخطار للدخول في حروب ضد أعداء وهميين فكرة واقعية جداراوي الرواية قاضي في بلدة في الواحات على حدود امبراطورية ما, يعارض قائد الجيش القادم لمحاربة البرابرة المسالمين المقيمين خارج حدود الامبراطورية بدعوى ان الامبراطورية مهددة بهجوم البرابرة وأنهم خطر على [...]

    12. ||-بدايةً حينما بدأت قراءة كتاب في انتظار البرابرة، كُنت أتوقع ظهور البرابرة بصورة أو بأخرى ولكن نسيت -لسذاجتي- أن عنوان الكتاب يشمل فعل الـ انتظار ، بمعنى آخر كان يجب أن أتوقع أن البرابرة لن يأتون وربما لن يكون لهم حتى ظل الحضور !ـ بطل الرواية القاضي -الذي لم يذكر له اسم- الذي ي [...]

    13. Coetzee writes for academics. He writes to teach lessons, to have his themes discussed and perhaps to be chuckled at. I find his books rather deliberate, hardened and inevitable. Now, he’s a fine writer, can turn a passable phrase and get conceptual without becoming a total bore; but, he has a tendency to interpret his books for you and the mannerisms and hobbies of the characters in “Waiting for the Barbarians” slot them too neatly into representative categories, which makes this more of [...]

    14. In Waiting for the Barbarians, Coetzee has written a powerful, multilayered allegory. Its central theme deals with the implications of imperialism, but this examination creates a much wider array of harmonic overtones, which concern human nature in a broader sense. It illustrates the thinness of civilisation, its vulnerability, the eternal fear (and strangely corrupting attraction) of the seeming inevitability of its fall and rebirth, borne out time again by the cycles of history. On a more pers [...]

    15. ربما من الأفضل أولاً أن نقوم بقراءة قصيدة اليوناني العظيم كفافي و التي اقتبس عنوانها كوتزي و أوحت له بالرواية التي يُعتقد أنها كانت السبب الأول بفوز صاحبها الجنوب أفريقي بجائزة نوبل. لا أتفق مع مقدمة المترجمة التي اجتهدت و أصابت كما أخطأت أيضاً بافتراض تأثير مسرحية بيكيت ال [...]

    16. Geçen hafta bir ders için Barbarları Beklerken'i okumamız gerekiyordu; ama kitabı sunacak kişi haricinde kimse bulamamıştı kitabı; çünkü maalesef baskısı tükenmiş. Ben tam sunum günüm bir de Kızılay'daki İmge Kitabevi'ne bakayım dedim, daha önce bakmadığıma pişman oldum. Sanırım oradaki son baskıyı da ben aldım. Umarım Can Yayınları kısa süre içinde yeniden basar kitabı; çünkü okunması gereken bir kitap bence. "Bu düşler aşırı rahatlığın sonucu [...]

    17. Echi letterari? Coetzee compensa ampiamente con un valore aggiunto, anzi due o tre.Il primo: Aspettando i barbari è opera di uno scrittore sudafricano bianco, erede di quei conquistatori boeri perlopiù coltivatori e pastori analfabeti che nel XVII secolo spinsero i nativi – i khoisan, i boscimani, i barbari, per intenderci - nelle terre più ostili del Sudafrica e deportarono schiavi perlopiù dal Mozambico, dall’Indonesia e dal Madagascar per rifornirsi di manodopera, ed erede anche di qu [...]

    18. "الألم هو الحقيقة وكل ما سواه خاضع للشك."تكرر ظهور اسم هذه الرواية أمامي في الأشهر الأخيرة على موقع الجودريدز، وحتى في اقترحات الكتب في مجموعات القراءة. وقد وجدتها أيضاً موضوعة في إحدى رفوف الكتب وأنا أمشي في مكتبة الجامعة يوماً ما، وقتها راودتني رغبة عارمة باستعارتها لكنني [...]

    19. هذه الرواية مثل الجحيم ثقيلة وكئيبة ومملة , كأنها مستنقع أبدي من العذاببالكاد أنهيتها وأشفقت ألا أنهيها , وكان الأجدر بي أن أشفق على نفسي أولاً !فلسفة الرواية كانت عظيمة , تترجم الداء المستعصي لكل إمبراطورية أو حاكم مستبد في تركيع شعبه والقضاء كل مظاهر التمرد والحرية عن طريق [...]

    20. "I should never have allowed the gates of the town to be opened to people who assert that there are higher considerations than those of decency."Perhaps an epitaph for our world. If you like your Kafka with a large dose of morality in it, step this way. I wonder if there has ever been a period in human history in which this little work would not have its place however particularly apt it may seem right now.This is the third Coetzee I've read now and all of them are economic in terms of paper spe [...]

    21. يمكن أن نطلق على هذه الرواية رواية الخوف بامتياز. يبدو لي كويتزي أنه جمع كل الخوف المتوفر في العالم وبثه بين أسطر وكلمات روايته هذه. كما عمد إلى زرع الخوف، وربما مخاوفه الشخصية، في كل الشخصيات التي تظهر وتختفي وتتحرك في حيز الخوف، كمن ارتكب جريمة وينتظر أن يأتي من يقتص منه!كل [...]

    22. J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians is a stark, allegorical tale that is haunting, strange and filled with impending menace from page one. It is the tale of The Magistrate, a mid-level bureaucrat who presides over a small settlement on the edge of a pre-industrial Empire. The Empire is not named, the Barbarians are not specified, and though the particulars of the settings are echoed by historical counterparts, Coetzee leaves out enough details to make the place timeless, universal, fabul [...]

    23. "E contro che cosa mi schiero, se non contro la scienza della degradazione che uccide della gente inginocchiata, confusa e coperta di vergogna ai suoi stessi occhi? Avrei avuto il coraggio di mettermi di fronte alla folla e chiedere giustizia per questi ridicoli prigionieri?" Si può davvero passare una vita facendo finta di nulla? Si può davvero fingere anche quando le ingiustizie accadono davanti ai tuoi occhi?In questo racconto un ipotetico ed emblematico Impero si fa cacciatore dell'"altro" [...]

    24. Confini dell'Impero, confini della Giustizia o confini dell'essere uomo? Un magistrato non più giovane è responsabile dell'amministrazione della Giustizia in una terra di confine di un luogo non contestualizzato. In realtà quest'uomo incarna e rappresenta il Potere e le Istituzioni di un Terzo Impero non meglio definito.Il magistrato, dopo anni di tranquillo e benevolo esercizio, in cui ha cercato di entrare in contatto con ciò che è stata la Storia della terra e del popolo che si trova a g [...]

    25. Brutal. And its political triad--empire, frontier settlers, barbarians--maps all too discomfitingly onto our own present political situation.

    26. While writing this review the commemoration of the assassination attempt on Hitler is held in Berlin. On this day, 70 years ago, world's history could have taken a turn for the better, but unfortunately the assassination failed. The people involved were executed on that same evening. Needless to say this took place without a charge or trial. But today we remember not only the group of Graf von Stauffenberg, but all resisters and dissidents of the Nazi terror, be they individuals of culture, chur [...]

    27. ليست رواية سهلة , إنها رواية تتداخل فيها الكثير من الأحداث والأحلام حتى لا تعرف إن كان ما يحدث جزء من حقيقة الأحداث أو فكرة خطرت في نفس بطل الرواية أو لعلها حلما من أحلامه التي لا تنتهي , الإمبراطورية التي يتحدث عنها الكاتب في الرواية لم يكن لها اسما قد تكون جنوب افريقيا وقد لا [...]

    28. في 220 صفحة, يأخذنا كوتزي لقراءة الماضي, والحاضر, و المستقبل, هنا نقرأ الأدوات التي يستخدمها أي نظام قمعي ليضمن بقاءه, الخوف من اللاشيء, المبالغة في صناعة الأعداء, و الأوهام التي تغسل بها أدمغة شعوب بأكملها, وسيناريوهات لا تمت للواقع / المنطق بصلة , لكنها استراتيجيات ناجحة جدًا ف [...]

    29. In un tempo imprecisato, in uno sperduto avamposto di frontiera ai confini di un’Impero imprecisato, la vita scorre sempre uguale secondo poche ma salde certezze quotidiane, governata da un magistrato non più giovane, il protagonista del romanzo, di cui non sapremo mai il nome ma solo i pensieri più intimi. La tranquillità che vige nel “tempo immobile dell’oasi” viene sconvolta dall’arrivo di una spedizione militare mandata dal capoluogo dell’Impero: fuori dall’avamposto, in un [...]

    30. ! عن صناعة الخوف, الأعداء و الخونةأما الخوف فهو من الغزاة القادمين إلى قرية ما في زمان و مكان لا نعرفه, و أما الأعداء فهم البرابرة الذين يرتحلون سعيا وراء الرزق, و أما الخونة فهم من أدانوا وحشية جنود الإمبراطورية ضد الأبرياءلا تتوقع بأنك ستجد شيئا من التسلية في هذه الرواية حيث [...]

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