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Gonna get one in here before our February thread
#4 for me
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee

From the back of the book:
For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servent of th 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 Empier's cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted into sympathy for their victims, he commints a quixoitic acto f rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state.
J.M. Coetzee's prize-winning novel is a startling allegory of the war between opppressor and oppressed. The Magistrate is not simply a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure plane in remote times; his situation is that of all men living in unbearable complicity with regimes that ignore justice an decency.

Hmmmm, sound familiar? A great read, for the times especially. Not for the faint of heart.
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Ok everyone off to my new thread for February!!! Thanks for participating in this. I have loved all of your ideas!
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