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Critically acclaimed as the rare combination of postmodernism/ poststructuralism and postcolonialism, Coetzee’s novels not only show remarkable sensitiveness to the discursive practices but also bring to the fore the undeniable existence and power of (colonial) body. Focusing on the thematics of body, this paper proposes to examine the relationship between body and language in his Waiting for the Barbarians and Foe. While problematizing the transparency of discourse and interpre- tation, Waiting for the Barbarians bears firm witness to the resilient power of the suffering body. This is most evident in the barbarian girl whose body recovers from the torture of Empire and frustrates the vaguely sexual and insistently interpretive power of the magistrate-narrator. And it is his bodily pain that helps to lead the narrator to an ethical awakening, a painful recognition of the imperialist implications of his interpretive will and liberal humanism. On the other hand, Foe explores the relation between the body and the language, rather than the meaning of the body itself. While the constitutive power of narration is powerfully evoked, its concomitant danger of ‘endless doubting’ is shown to be countered only by the substantial existence of body/reality. Moreover, this novel inquires whether or how much it is possible for the colonizer’s language to represent the truth of the colonized body. This paper concludes by pointing out a couple of problems Coetzee’s novels confront. Laying too much emphasis on the body with its pain, his novels fail to address some other vital aspects of the human body. They also fail to move beyond the allegorical level to a more fully envisaged representation of the colonial body, namely, to the postcolonial subject that utters for him/herself and actively participates in the historical process.