Biography

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of over 20 books, including, most recently, THE NOISE OF TIME. He has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in France, the Prix Médicis and the Prix Femina; in Austria, the State Prize for European Literature. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. He lives in London.

Julian Barnes

Books by Julian Barnes

by Julian Barnes - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1936, Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich fears for his livelihood and his life. Joseph Stalin has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, executed on the spot), Shostakovich reflects on his predicament. Though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, for decades to come he will be held fast under the thumb of despotism: made to represent Soviet values at a cultural conference in New York City, forced into joining the Party, and compelled to weigh appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music.

by Julian Barnes - Essays, Memoir, Nonfiction

This latest book from Julian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel THE SENSE OF AN ENDING, begins in the 19th century and leads seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss. LEVELS OF LIFE is about ballooning, photography, love and loss; about putting two things --- and two people --- together and tearing them apart.

by Julian Barnes - Essays, Nonfiction

Julian Barnes’s follow-up to THE SENSE OF AN ENDING, last year’s Man Booker winner, is this collection of 17 essays and one short story --- all of them previously printed over the past 15 years --- about writers and the art of writing. His ruminations on writers as diverse as Penelope Fitzgerald, Michel Houellebecq and Joyce Carol Oates are as incisive as one expects from the keen intellect that gave us FLAUBERT’S PARROT.