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Levels of Life

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You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed. In Levels of Life Julian Barnes gives us Nadar, the pioneer balloonist and aerial photographer; he gives us Colonel Fred Burnaby, reluctant adorer of the extravagant Sarah Bernhardt; then, finally, he gives us the story of his own grief, unflinchingly observed. This is a book of intense honesty and insight; it is at once a celebration of love and a profound examination of sorrow.

Издательство: "Random House, Inc." (2014)

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Barnes, Julian

▪ British author and critic
in full  Julian Patrick Barnes , pseudonyms  Edward Pygge  and  Dan Kavanagh 
born Jan. 19, 1946, Leicester, Eng.

      British television critic and author of inventive and intellectual novels about obsessed characters curious about the past.

      Barnes attended Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A., 1968), and began contributing reviews to the Times Literary Supplement in the 1970s while publishing thrillers under his Kavanagh pseudonym. These books—which include Duffy (1980), Fiddle City (1981), Putting the Boot In (1985), and Going to the Dogs (1987)—feature a man named Duffy, a bisexual ex-cop turned private detective.

      The first novel published under Barnes's own name was the coming-of-age story Metroland (1980). Jealous obsession moves the protagonist of Before She Met Me (1982) to scrutinize his new wife's past. Flaubert's Parrot (1984) is a humorous mixture of biography, fiction, and literary criticism as a scholar becomes obsessed with Flaubert and with the stuffed parrot that Flaubert used as inspiration in writing the short story “Un Coeur simple.” Barnes's later novels include A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters (1989), Talking It Over (1991), The Porcupine (1992), and Cross Channel (1996). In the satirical England, England (1998), Barnes skewers modern England in his portrayal of a theme park on the Isle of Wight, complete with the royal family, the Tower of London, Robin Hood, and pubs. Critics thought Barnes showed a new depth of emotion in The Lemon Table (2004), a collection of short stories in which most of the characters are consumed by thoughts of death. He explored why some people are remembered after their death and others are not in the historical novel Arthur & George (2006), in which one of the title characters is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur).

      Barnes's nonfiction work includes a collection of essays about France and French culture, Something to Declare (2002), as well as The Pedant in the Kitchen (2003), which explores his love of food. His memoir Nothing to Be Frightened Of (2008) is an honest, oftentimes jarringly critical look at his relationship with his parents and older brother.

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Источник: Barnes, Julian

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