A New York Times
"One of our most consistently deft short-form stylists.... Quietly remarkable, elegant."
"Barnes can do more in a single story than many lesser writers can accomplish in a whole novel."
"Among the most adventurous writers--in style, versatility and narrative
—The New York Times Book Review
"A moving and truth-telling work of fiction."
—The Boston Globe
"Barnes's erudition is in full display.... Combines mordant humour, perspicacity and invigoratingly crisp writing."
“[A] perfectly weighted collection. . . . Affecting.” —The Observer
“Julian Barnes is one of those confident literary decathletes, proficient at old-fashioned storytelling, dialogue-driven portraiture, postmodern collage, and political allegory and farce. He’s a true literary professional whose most compelling work showcases his musical prose, his ear for the chattering class’s chatter (Talking It Over
), his ability to create narratives with both surface brio and finely calibrated philosophical subtexts (Flaubert’s Parrot, The Porcupine
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
About the Author
JULIAN BARNES is the author of 10 novels, 2 previous books of stories, 2 collections of essays and a translation of Alphonse Daudet's In the Land of Pain. His most recent novel, The Sense of an Ending, won the Man Booker Prize. His honours include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.