The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are literary prizes awarded for literature written in the English language. Based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom, the prizes were founded in 1919 by Mrs Janet Coats Black in memory of her late husband, James Tait Black, a partner in the publishing house of A & C Black Ltd. Prizes are awarded in three categories: Fiction, Biography and Drama.
After twenty years of peacefully running one of the Empire’s settlements, a magistrate takes pity on an enemy barbarian who has been tortured. He enters into an awkward intimate relationship with her, and then is himself imprisoned as an enemy of the state.
Waiting for the Barbarians is a disturbing political fable about oppression, the fraught desire for reparation, and about living with a troubled conscience under an unjust regime.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'A moving exploration of the meaning of faith, and a vivid portrayal of life in impoverished post-war Calabria.'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Allen & Unwin, 2017).