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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  

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Julian Barnes' new novel is a story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, cowardice and courage, it is the work of a true master.

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Synopsis

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House never return.

Reviews

'A masterpiece of biographical fiction... A great novel, Barnes's masterpiece... Exquisite, intimate detail. He has given us a novel that is powerfully affecting, a condensed masterpiece that traces the lifelong battle of one man's conscience, one man's art, with the insupportable exigencies of totalitarianism.' -- Alex Preston Observer

'Barnes's sombre, brilliant new novel opens with a scene like something from a story by Chekhov... Gleaming with intelligence and literary flair, this elegantly composed fictional meditation offers a fresh gloss on a musical genius's collisions and collusions with power.' -- Peter Kemp Sunday Times

'[Barnes is] a master of the narrative sidestep... Not just a novel about music, but something more like a musical novel... The story itself is structured in three parts that come together like a broken chord. It is a simple but brilliant device, and one that goes right to the heart of this novel.' -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst The Times

'A compelling novel about art and power, courage and cowardice, and the capriciousness of fate...Barnes brilliantly captures the composer's conflicted state of mind...This book is only 190 pages long, but it packs an extraordinary emotional punch.' -- Sebastian Shakespeare Tatler

'This is a slim novel about the big things: art, fear, Power...history's farcical, tragic repetitions. It is also quite excellent.' -- Stephanie Cross Daily Mail

About the Author

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur & George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen.

His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

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Publication date

3rd January 2017

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Julian Barnes

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781784703325

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