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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409088523
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

Flaubert's Parrot




A classic work by a great British author, published for the first time by Vintage and Vintage Classics

Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help research one of his novels, we learn an enormous amount about the writer’s work, family, lovers, thought processes, health and obsessions. But we also gradually come to learn some important and shocking details about Geoffrey and his own life.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409088523
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and The Noise of Time. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur.

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Praise for Flaubert's Parrot

“Endless food for thought, beautifully written... A tour de force”

Germaine Greer

“A gem: an unashamed literary novel that is also unashamed to be readable, and broadly entertaining. Bravo!”

John Irving

“Julian Barnes' wry and graceful book, part novel, part stealthy literary criticism, traces the marks Flaubert made on a forgetting world. The writing is unfailingly sharp and often very funny, and among the best prose I have read in years”

Sunday Times

“Delightful and enriching... A book to revel in!”

Joseph Heller


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