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How To Analyse Texts - A Toolkit for Students of English (Paperback): Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard How To Analyse Texts - A Toolkit for Students of English (Paperback)
Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard 2
R290 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R16 (6%) In stock

How To Analyse Texts is the essential introductory textbook and toolkit for language analysis.

This book shows the reader how to undertake detailed, language-focussed, contextually sensitive analyses of a wide range of texts – spoken, written and multimodal. The book constitutes a flexible resource which can be used in different ways across a range of courses and at different levels.

This textbook includes:

  • three parts covering research and study skills, language structure and use, and how texts operate in sociocultural contexts
  • a wide range of international real-life texts, including items from South China Morning Post, art’otel Berlin and Metro Sweden, which cover digital and print media, advertising, recipes and much more
  • objectives and skill review for each section, activities, commentaries, suggestions for independent assignments, and an analysis checklist for students to follow
  • a combined glossary and index and a comprehensive further reading section
  • a companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/goddard with further links and exercises for students

Written by two experienced teachers of English Language, How To Analyse Texts is key reading for all students of English language and linguistics.

Introducing English Language - A Resource Book for Students (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Louise Mullany, Peter Stockwell Introducing English Language - A Resource Book for Students (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Louise Mullany, Peter Stockwell 5
R295 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two-dimensional’ structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration and extension – which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

Introducing English Language:

  • is the foundational book in the Routledge English Language Introductions series, providing an accessible introduction to the English language
  • contains newly expanded coverage of morphology, updated and revised exercises, and an extended Further Reading section
  • comprehensively covers key disciplines of linguistics such as historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, as well as core areas in language study including acquisition, standardisation and the globalisation of English
  • uses a wide variety of real texts and images from around the world, including a Monty Python sketch, excerpts from novels such as Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and news items from Metro and the BBC
  • provides updated classic readings by the key names in the discipline, including Guy Cook, Andy Kirkpatrick and ZoltŠn DŲrnyei
  • is accompanied by a website with extra activities, project ideas for each unit, suggestions for further reading, links to essential English language resources, and course templates for lecturers

Written by two experienced teachers and authors, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of the English language and linguistics.

An Introduction To Scholarship - Building Academic Skills For Tertiary Study (Paperback): Cheryl Siewierski An Introduction To Scholarship - Building Academic Skills For Tertiary Study (Paperback)
Cheryl Siewierski 2
R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 In stock

An Introduction To Scholarship offers a practical, skills-based approach to developing the basic academic and critical thinking skills required to succeed in the tertiary environment.

Features:

  • A scenario or case study relevant to the problems discussed in the chapter Margin glosses of difficult or new vocabulary
  • Short explanations of theory and examples, followed by practical, guided activities
  • A range of response and comprehension questions, as well as more challenging, higher order cognitive questions
  • Links to practical activities and assessments on the Learning Zone
  • A final question that encourages students to think critically about what they have covered, and how it integrates with their studies in general
Academic English - Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines (Custom UNISA Edition) (Paperback, 1st Edition): Gaetz, Phadke,... Academic English - Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines (Custom UNISA Edition) (Paperback, 1st Edition)
Gaetz, Phadke, Gillett, Hammond, Martala 39
R303 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R36 (12%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This is a custom UNISA edition, as your lecturer has created this personalised textbook to support your studies.

It contains Pearson content from world renowned authors, and often industry leading case studies and articles. But, it's just the bits your lecturer knows you need - nothing extra! They may also have included their own, bespoke learning materials specific to your course.

Pearson works closely with your university and your lecturers and we are committed to helping you learn.

The Road to Mecca (Paperback, Main): Athol Fugard The Road to Mecca (Paperback, Main)
Athol Fugard 4
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book features a South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Working With Texts - A Core Introduction to Language Analysis (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard,... Working With Texts - A Core Introduction to Language Analysis (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger, Nikki Swift; Edited by … 2
R320 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R17 (5%) In stock

Working with Texts is a well established textbook that introduces students to the main principles of language analysis, through contemporary text examples. Covering a wide range of language areas, the book uses an interactive, activity-based approach to support students' understanding of language structure and variety.

The third edition includes: new material on analyzing sound; an updated range of texts, including literary extracts, advertisements, newspaper articles, comic book strips, excerpts from popular comedy sketches, political speeches, telephone discourse, and internet chat; new extension work to support student-directed study; detailed suggestions after each unit for further reading within the Intertext series as a whole; and an updated list of URLs.

Introduction To English Literary Studies (Paperback, 3rd Edition): D Byrne, G. Kane, R. Scheepers Introduction To English Literary Studies (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
D Byrne, G. Kane, R. Scheepers 2
R356 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R27 (8%) In stock

The third edition of Introduction To English Literary Studies, previously published as Selves and Others, is a guide on how to approach, engage with, and write about literature. Structured into chapters that deal with reading and writing, poetry, narrative, and drama, the book enables students to become successful critical readers of English literature.

The book offers an integrated, progressive introduction to the study of literature in English, creative writing, and literary genres. Critical literacy exercises help students engage with literary concepts and develop their thinking skills. Margin glosses explain difficult terms, while information boxes provide additional contextual information or pose self-reflective questions.

Introduction To English Literary Studies is written for university and university of technology students taking first-year courses in literature and creative writing. It is ideal for both face-to-face and distance education courses.

Small Things (Paperback): Nthikeng Mohlele Small Things (Paperback)
Nthikeng Mohlele 1
R220 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R50 (23%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this haunting tale of love and learning, the existential chaos of a life ravaged by circumstance takes on a rhythm of its own, one bound by loss and loneliness, but also an intelligent awareness of self. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes brutal, occasionally funny and infuriating, a journalist-comrade-lover caught up in the shade and shadow of politics and social injustice faces treachery and betrayal on every level.

Set against the backdrop of a cityscape that taunts and tantalises, this is where love fails and passion wanes, ďwhere suffering has no meaningĒ, where an individual escapes death only to find himself confronted with choices wrought by remorse and retribution, by conscience and character. And yet, with all trauma, there is a distinct musicality to the lyrical unpacking that follows a string of small things Ö

Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age - An Introductory Coursebook (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Andrew Goatly, Preet... Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age - An Introductory Coursebook (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Andrew Goatly, Preet Hiradhar 1
R450 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R28 (6%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age is a fully introductory, interactive textbook that explores the power relations at work in and behind the texts we encounter in our everyday lives. Using examples from numerous genres - such as fiction, poetry, advertisements and newspapers - this textbook examines the language choices a writer must make in structuring texts, representing the world and positioning the reader. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age offers guidance on how to read texts critically and how to develop effective writing skills. Extensively updated, key features of the second edition include: a radically revised and repackaged section that highlights the theme of discourses of power and authority and the new possibilities for resisting them; a revamped analysis of the art of communication which has changed due to the advent of new media including Facebook and Wikipedia; fresh examples, exercises and case studies including fan fiction, articles from the BBC, Daily Mail and South China Morning Post, and a selection of international ads for a variety of products; a brand new companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/goatly featuring projects, quizzes and activities for each chapter, a glossary and further reading. Written by two experienced teachers, Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age is an ideal coursebook for students of English language.

Seasons Come To Pass - A Poetry Anthology For Southern African Students (Paperback, 3rd ed): H. Moffett Seasons Come To Pass - A Poetry Anthology For Southern African Students (Paperback, 3rd ed)
H. Moffett 5
R344 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R26 (8%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

Drawing on fifteen centuries of poetry from all over the world, the third edition of Seasons Come To Pass continues to make poetry relevant and accessible to students in Southern Africa.

The anthology includes unusual, erotic, witty, and political poems, presented in chronological order. A wide range of poets is included, from classics and old favourites to fresh new voices.

This anthology offers support and guidance by providing a clear overview of the important movements in the history of the English language and its literature, as well as detailed notes on critical analysis and techniques for writing essays and exams. The aim is to encourage students to develop the confidence to express their ideas in writing. Practical examples are given of how to come to grips with poetry, and develop critical and analytical skills. Poems are brought alive through supporting notes that tackle contemporary and controversial concerns.

Academic Literacy (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Litha Beekman, Cecilia Dube, Herman Potgieter, Jenni Underhill Academic Literacy (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Litha Beekman, Cecilia Dube, Herman Potgieter, Jenni Underhill 1
R248 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R29 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Academic Literacy is an essential tool for people moving into the tertiary phase of education, to support the achievement of their goals. It covers all the necessary academic skills and competencies for constructive and successful study – not only reading, writing, listening and verbal communication, but also critical thinking, possibly the core skill needed at this level of study. Other skills it aims to develop are: understanding and engaging in academic study; vocabulary; reading for study purposes; argument; paraphrasing and summarising; writing paragraphs; assignment writing; and preparing for examinations.

Academic Literacy will help you cope with the reading and writing demands of further and higher education. It will also help you be more knowledgeable about yourself, your aspirations, career goals, and how to manage your time and stress more effectively.

New to the 3rd edition:

  • An updated and expanded chapter on developing vocabulary and using dictionaries
  • Renewed focus on critical thinking and reflective writing
  • A refreshed chapter on writing paragraphs, including reflection on constructing effective paragraphs
  • Supplemental text on assignment writing and referencing.
Pharos Afrikaanse Woordelys & SpelreŽls (Afrikaans, Paperback, 11de Uitgawe): SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns Pharos Afrikaanse Woordelys & SpelreŽls (Afrikaans, Paperback, 11de Uitgawe)
SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns
R490 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R72 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hierdie elfde, omvattend herbewerkte uitgawe bied (naas bestaande hoofstukke oor wisselvorme, getalle ens.) twee nuwe hoofstukke wat onderskeidelik leestekens en trappe van vergelyking bereel. Bestaande reels is aangepas en word eenvoudiger verduidelik. Nuwe lyste bied duidelike leiding oor plekname in die Ooste, landname met hul geldeenhede en ISO-kodes, en elemente in die periodieke tabel. Skryfhulp oor transliterasie, Omgangsafrikaans en die SI-stelsel maak die uitgawe ín volledige hulpbron.

A Raisin In The Sun (Paperback): Deirdre Osborne A Raisin In The Sun (Paperback)
Deirdre Osborne; Lorraine Hansberry; Volume editing by Deirdre Osborne
R180 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R10 (6%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A Raisin in the Sun is a classic American play: a groundbreaking 1950s civil rights drama and has a strong claim to be the greatest play of the black American experience. Deeply committed to the black struggle for equality and human rights, Lorraine Hansberry's brilliant career as a writer was cut short by her death when she was only 34. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Hansberry was the youngest and the first black writer to receive this award. She was also the first person to be called 'young, gifted and black'. The play is set in south side Chicago, where Walter Lee, a black chauffeur, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. Humane and heart-rending, the play depicts characters and a whole society with complexity and reality. This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history.

Academic Writing: A Handbook For International Students (Paperback, 4th Edition): Academic Writing: A Handbook For International Students (Paperback, 4th Edition)
R235 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R13 (6%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Most international students need to write essays and reports for exams and coursework. Yet writing good academic English is a demanding task. This new edition of Academic Writing has been fully revised to help students reach this goal. Clearly organised, the course explains the writing process from start to finish. Each stage is demonstrated and practised, from selecting suitable sources, reading, note-making and planning through to re-writing and proofreading.

The book is divided into short sections which contain examples, explanations and exercises for use in the classroom or self-study. Cross-references allow easy access to relevant sections, and a full answer key is included.

English For Law Students  (Paperback, 3rd ed): C. van der Walt, A. Nienaber English For Law Students (Paperback, 3rd ed)
C. van der Walt, A. Nienaber 1
R633 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R91 (14%) In stock

English For Law Students has been written by experts in communication and aims at encouraging dialogue and interaction between lecturer and student. The methodology used is not only useful to law students but also to those lecturers who do not have a legal background.

This third edition has been updated and includes an audio CD, containing exercises for listening practice, aimed at developing and refining note-making skills.

Coconut (Paperback): Kopano Matlwa Coconut (Paperback)
Kopano Matlwa 3
R195 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R27 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities.

The rich and pampered Ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgiving than she expected.

These two stories artfully come together to illustrate the weight of history upon a new generation in South Africa.

Teaching English, Language and Literacy - Unisa Custom Edition (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Dominic Wyse, Russell Jones, Helen... Teaching English, Language and Literacy - Unisa Custom Edition (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Dominic Wyse, Russell Jones, Helen Bradford, Mary Anne Wolpert
R295 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Are you looking for one book that covers every aspect of the teaching of English at primary level?

Now fully updated, this third edition of Teaching English, Language and Literacy includes brand new chapters on children’s literature and reading comprehension. Rooted in research evidence and multidisciplinary theory, this book is an essential introduction for anyone learning to teach English from the early years to primary school level.

The authors draw on their research, scholarship and practice to offer advice on:

  • developing reading, including choosing texts, and phonics teaching
  • improving writing, including grammar and punctuation
  • language and speaking and listening
  • planning and assessing
  • working effectively with multilingual pupils
  • understanding historical developments in the subject
  • the latest thinking in educational policy and practice
  • the use of multimedia
  • maintaining good home-school links
  • gender and the teaching of English language and literacy

All the chapters include clear examples of practice, coverage of key issues, analysis of research, and reflections on national policy to encourage the best possible response to the demands of national curricula. Each chapter also has a glossary to explain terms and gives suggestions for further reading.

This book is for all who want to improve teaching English, language and literacy. Designed to help inform the practice of students on teacher training courses, but also of great use to those teachers wanting to keep pace with the latest developments in their specialist subject, this book covers the theory and practice of teaching English, language and literacy.

Navigating Information Literacy (Paperback, 5th Edition): Theo Bothma, Erica Cosijn, Ina Fourie, Cecilia Penzhorn Navigating Information Literacy (Paperback, 5th Edition)
Theo Bothma, Erica Cosijn, Ina Fourie, Cecilia Penzhorn
R546 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R74 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Navigating Information Literacy captures a range of skills and topics essential for students who intend positioning themselves in academic or workplace environments that are globally connected and competitive.

The clear, well-structured and informative text leads the reader through all aspects of information literacy and provides practical advice and relevant examples from a variety of international contexts.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students - Essential Tasks and Skills (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): John M. Swales, Christine... Academic Writing for Graduate Students - Essential Tasks and Skills (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
John M. Swales, Christine B. Feak
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to write summaries and critiques; features "language focus" sections that address linguistic elements as they affect the wider rhetorical objectives; and helps students position themselves as junior scholars in their academic communities. Among the many changes in the third edition: newer, longer, and more authentic texts and examples greater discipline variety in texts (added texts from hard sciences and engineering) more in-depth treatment of research articles greater emphasis on vocabulary issues revised flow-of-ideas section additional tasks that require students to do their own research more corpus-informed content The Commentary has also been revised and expanded. This edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students, like its predecessors, has many special features: It is based on the large body of research literature dealing with the features of academic (or research) English and extensive classroom experience. It is as much concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts. It provides assistance with writing part-genres (problem-solutions and Methods and Discussion sections) and genres (book reviews,research papers). Its approach is analytical and rhetorical-users apply analytical skills to the discourses of their chosen disciplines to explore how effective academic writing is achieved. It includes a rich variety of tasks and activities, ranging from small-scale language points to issues of how students can best position themselves as junior researchers.

The New Century of South African Poetry (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Michael Chapman The New Century of South African Poetry (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Michael Chapman
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A revised and updated edition of this much-loved poetry anthology which was first published in 2002. This new edition of The New Century of South African Poetry now includes 125 new poems, with the addition of a fifth section covering works produced by poets who have made their mark since the early 2000s. New Century includes pieces in divergent styles by a wide range of authors - from traditional songs by Khoisan poets to poems by established figures such as Roy Campbell, N.P. van Wyk Louw, Mazisi Kunene, Douglas Livingstone, Mongane Wally Serote and Antjie Krog. Popular poetic forms like maskanda, kiba, praises and rap share the pages with current poets such as Gabeba Baderoon, Rustum Kozain, Danie Marais, Nick Mulgrew and Koleka Putuma…

Participatory Theatre and the Urban Everyday in South Africa - Place and Play in Johannesburg (Hardcover): Alexandra Halligey Participatory Theatre and the Urban Everyday in South Africa - Place and Play in Johannesburg (Hardcover)
Alexandra Halligey
R850 R765 Discovery Miles 7 650 Save R85 (10%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book explores theatre and performance as participatory research practices for exploring the everyday of the city. Taking an inner-city suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa as its central case study, the book consider how theatre and performance might be both useful practical tools in considering the everyday city, as well as conceptual lenses for understanding it.

The author establishes an understanding of space as ever-evolving and formed through the ongoing relationship between things, human and non-human and considers how theatre and performance offer useful paradigms for learning about and working with city spaces. As ephemeral, embodied, material artistic practices, theatre and performance mirror the nature of everyday life. The book discusses theatre and performance games and playmaking processes as offering valuable ways of discovering daily acts of place-making and providing insights that more conventional research methods may not allow. Yet the book also considers how seeing daily city life as a kind of performance, a kind of theatre in its own right, helps to further understandings of city spaces as ever evolving through complex webs of relationships.

This book will be of interest to academics, academic practitioners and post-graduate students in the fields of theatre and performance studies, urban studies and cultural geography.

Purple Hibiscus (Paperback): Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus (Paperback)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 3
R205 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R41 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer. When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili's father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love - and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family. This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred - the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.

Assignment & Thesis Writing (Paperback, 4th ed): Jonathan Anderson, Millicent Poole Assignment & Thesis Writing (Paperback, 4th ed)
Jonathan Anderson, Millicent Poole 2
R384 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R46 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

To achieve in their higher education studies students have to develop excellent research and writing skills. Without these skills it is unlikely that students will achieve the levels required to move beyond undergraduate studies.

The South African edition of Assignment & Thesis Writing is destined to become a classic, as its Australian predecessor, with students in higher education. The book has now been adapted with local examples to ensure relevance for students in South African institutions.

This text is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students in South African institutions, who wish to further develop their writing and research skills.

Die Dag Toe Ek My Hare Losgemaak Het (Afrikaans, Paperback): Willemien Brummer Die Dag Toe Ek My Hare Losgemaak Het (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Willemien Brummer
R285 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R40 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Die kortverhale in hierdie bundel beeld op treffende en insiggewende wyse, en plek-plek met die gebruik van sprokies, die karakter Mia se grootwordervarings uit – in Kaapstad en op die familieplaas op Ladismith, van 12-jarige kind tot ’n jong moeder.

Dit beeld ook op fyn en sensitiewe wyse uit hoe Mia worstel met ’n erflas van alkoholisme en depressie. Daar is die komplekse verhoudings binne die familie: met haar ma, haar pa, en, soos sy ouer word, met mans. Die verhale beeld haar vrese uit, haar seksuele ontwaking en haar pogings om ’n sinvolle, gelukkige verhouding met iemand te hÍ. Dis aparte verhale, maar saam beeld dit Mia se lewe uit en word dit byna iets soos ’n Bildungsroman.

Onderliggend in die verhale is die helende krag wat “storie” en verbeelding in Mia en haar pa se lewe speel: dit is ook haar redding uit die erflas van depressie.

Waiting For The Barbarians (Paperback): J. M. Coetzee Waiting For The Barbarians (Paperback)
J. M. Coetzee 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The modern classic from double Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee - soon to be a major film starring Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson and Johnny Depp For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy with the victims and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison, branded as an enemy of the state. Waiting for the Barbarians is an allegory of oppressor and oppressed. Not just a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times, the Magistrate is an analogue of all men living in complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.

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