Author(s): J.M. Coetzee
For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire. When the interrogation experts arrive he is jolted into sympathy with the victims and an act of rebellion which lands him in prison.
Winner of Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 1981 and James Tait Black Memorial Book Prizes: Fiction 1980.
"I have known few authors who can evoke such a wilderness in the heart of man. He is an artist of a weight and depth that put him beyond ordinary comparisons...Coetzee knows the elusive terror of Kafka." - "Sunday Times"