A marriage comes apart—but the two people remain caught in it, unable to disengage themselves from each other. The emotions remain fresh, unmuted—anger, jealousy, passion—they are as raw as new wounds. In Without Barbarians, Gene and Anne are victims of their time.
“In spite of the many differences of outlook, time and milieu, James Magnuson's first novel, Without Barbarians, is a study in losses, worthy to stand beside another first novel, The Sun Also Rises.”
~ Carlos Baker, author of Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story