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Pulse by Julian Barnes
  

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A collection of stories that are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Ranging from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter, the stories in Pulse resonate and spark, each imbued with the humour, poignancy and perception that marks all Julian Barnes' work. This is an imaginative and expertly-constructed new collection from a master of the form.

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Pulse by Julian Barnes

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011. The stories in Julian Barnes' long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. A divorcee falls in love with a mysterious European waitress; a widower relives a favourite holiday; two writers rehearse familiar arguments; a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. And at a series of evenings at 'Phil & Joanna's', the topics of conversation range from the environment to the Britishness of marmalade, from toilet graffiti to smoking, as we witness the guests' lives in flux. Ranging from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter, the stories in Pulse resonate and spark.


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Pulse is Barnes's 17th book and is a masterclass in the shorter form. -- Elizabeth Day * Observer * Julian Barnes writes so exquisitely that every page of this collection contains literary pearls * Mail on Sunday * All the stories in Pulse have the absolute completeness and density of the very best short fiction * New Statesman * Masterclasses in the form, full of the sidelong wit and intelligence that make the writer one of our most consistently deft short-form stylists * Daily Telegraph * Barnes
stylish prose, eye for emotional detail and sense of absurdity never let him down

... He suits the short story very well * Literary Review *


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

4th August 2011

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Julian Barnes

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099552475

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