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Art and Power collide in Julian Barnes’s first novel since the Booker-winning The Sense of An Ending A Daily Telegraph / Financial Times / Guardian / Sunday Times / The Times / New Statesman / Observer Book of the Year

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A Daily Telegraph / Financial Times / Guardian / Sunday Times / The Times / New Statesman / Observer Book of the Year

'BARNES'S MASTERPIECE.' - OBSERVER

In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

So begins Julian Barnes’s first novel since his Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending. A story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice and human courage, it is the work of a true master.

Reviews

Gripping… An intimately illuminating montage of Shostakovich’s life… Immediately engaging.

James Lasdun, Guardian

Julian Barnes takes an Orwellian turn for his first novel since winning the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

Irish Examiner

[It is] full of playful wit and understatement… A very short book but it contains more to enjoy and chew over than most novels three times its length.

Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

A new, short, highly concentrated novel…meditating in brief paragraphs on the art and compromise with power over 50 years in the life of the composer Shostakovich.

David Sexton, Evening Standard

With its three-act structure, dramatic tension, lyrical passages and recurring motifs, the novel has an operatic quality. Offering an intimate portrait of the artist and an overview of Russia’s troubled past, it’s a compelling read.

Juanita Coulson, The Lady

The Noise of Time is a brilliant impersonation, both as a novel and as a portrayal of the “real” historical Shostakovich.

Sheila Fitzpatrick, London Review of Books

A gripping story, a fascinating portrait of a period of history, and a brilliantly in-depth character study… Beautifully written… Philosophically and intellectually enriching.

Winq Magazine

Kaleidoscopic portrait… Barnes deftly constructs a life history... A masterfully told story of survival. *****

Nick Shave, BBC Music Magazine

Beautifully composed.

Jenny Comita, W Magazine

Written with Barnes’ characteristic low-key elegance, the book becomes a meditation on artistic integrity and its limits in a brutal regime

Irish Independent, Book of the Year

An impressive narrative of personal integrity.

G. Van Der Zwaan, Times Higher Education, Book of the Year

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    9781784703332

    January 15, 2017

    Vintage

    192 pages

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    9781473524828

    January 28, 2016

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  • Paperback

    9781784703325

    January 3, 2017

    Vintage

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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