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Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Jesus Flores 's review Nov 01, Esperando Barbaros This is a book about the fear of the others, the main protagonist kind of asks himself, who are the barbarians? The people of the empire he belongs to? The nomads living beyond the border?

Also how much of the barbarian threat is real? How much is your fear of those that are different? How much is a communal desire to blame others for our own problems? The judge is half-witness to some capture and torture of people living beyond the borders both the nomads and some fisher-farmer people that makes him start to question things. This has some strong scenes of the results of the torture of two innocent people by the military man.

Later he finds a nomad girl, that has gone almost blind as result of the torture, and has not gone away after the captured people were released, he decides to take her home in a mixture of guilt, pity, moral duty and desire.

Then he asks her to live there, work in the kitchen, sleep with him, there is some strange relation there, for the reason he does that is a mixture of all that, and while he never has sex with her, he sexualizes her.

Yet it is interesting to see how his mind goes changing around what he thinks of her, the nomad situation, the military people. The sad part is we never get to hear the side of the girl, we see some changes on her way of acting but in other he remains equal, like her refusal to talk more than necessary. When winter is about to start he decides to take her to the nomad people, and just as they found them, she tells her to return with him, again we get a clear understanding of his thoughts, but not hers, or why she does what she does.

When he returns, the military has return, he is sent to jail as a traitor, for helping the barbarians, the military starts a campaign against the barbarians that are never seen, the invisible enemy, even he destruction of some water structure by the barbarian seems too suspicious. This part has some scenes of human mistreatment that really impact.

When some dead soldiers on horse arrive at town, the remaining soldiers and some town people decide to flee the town. The ones that stay had then to find a way to survive the incoming winter, the judge returns to being the city administrator. The town a victim of this war that was one sided, since its hinted that there were no mayor fights against the nomads out of fear for the nomads. Reading Progress. August 6, — Shelved as: to-read. January 3, — Shelved as: culture-glimpse.

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