Barnes, Julian

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The Man in the Red Coat

Scholars may laud this work’s brilliance, but others might find it a difficult read. For serious students of French history or the history of medicine and sexuality.

The Only Story

Absorbing enough to polish off over a weekend, this novel has a place in popular and literary collections. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]

The Noise of Time

Though his novel says comparatively little about Shostakovich's music, Barnes's fresh and distinctive approach to the composer's life highlights key aspects of his character and lets us believe we've read an actual biography. This engaging work is well recommended to readers of literary fiction as well as aficionados of Soviet culture and history. [See Prepub Alert, 2/21/16.]

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art

Comparable to New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl's Let's See, Barnes's latest is highly recommended to all art readers. [See Prepub Alert, 4/13/15.]

Levels of Life

This book will resonate most with those who have suffered the death of a loved one, but readers who have deeply loved—and therefore deeply grieved—will also understand and appreciate it.

Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story

Barnes's observations on writers should appeal to readers of the literary essay genre. As always, he is a humane and fluent writer. Recommended.

The Sense of an Ending

Barnes's 14th book and winner of the Man Booker Prize, this short novel will best appeal to readers of introspective literature. [The Knopf hc, published in October, was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]

The Sense of an Ending

Life has been good to Tony Webster, who's both contentedly retired and contentedly divorced...


This is a simply delicious collection that anyone who loves good fiction should read. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10.]

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