One of Sundaram's six favorite books about people trapped in oppressive systems, as shared at The Week magazine:
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. CoetzeeRead about another entry on the list.
The barbarians never arrive, but we are constantly waiting for them. In this allegorical novel, the leader of a town at the edge of an empire pays a price for loving a member of the indigenous nomadic tribe that is the source of his compatriots' fears.
The Page 99 Test: Stringer.