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  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448128815
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 18

Vigilance (Storycuts)


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A connoisseur of classical music goes to extreme lengths to keep the audience quiet.

A classical music aficionado and concert-goer bemoans the degradation of civility and respect among his fellow audience members. He develops a series of measures to counteract the prevalence of inconsiderate noise-making in the stalls. Resisting his erstwhile partner's appeals for moderation and restraint, his tactics and approaches grow in extremity.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Lemon Table.

  • Pub date: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448128815
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 18

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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