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Through the WIndow



In these seventeen essays (plus a short story) the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner examines British, French and American writers who have meant most to him, as well as the cross-currents and overlappings of their different cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the many translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the National Treasure Status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it can do. As he writes in his preface, 'Novels tell us the most truth about life: what it is, how we live it, what it might be for, how we enjoy and value it, and how we lose it.'

Vintage is featuring Julian Barnes’s essay ‘Translating Madame Bovary’ on their International Fiction blog through the end of 2012. Read the complete essay on their website.

Order from Vintage (UK), Waterstones.co.uk, Amazon.co.uk, or a variety of Independent Booksellers.

 

Reviews

Lezard, Nicholas. "Lessons from a literary master craftsman." Guardian, 23 Oct. 2012.

Gompertz, Will. "Barnes: 'Novels tell truth about life'." BBC, 2 Nov. 2012 [Interview].

House, Christian. "A spider's guide to the web." The Independent, 4 Nov. 2012.

Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert. "Review." The Telegraph, 5 Nov. 2012 ["full of unexpected pleasures"].

So, Jimmy and Lucy Scholes. "This Week’s Hot Reads." Daily Beast, 12 Nov. 2012.

Hoare, Liam. "With Love, from Julian Barnes." themillions.com, 20 Nov. 2012 ["Julian Barnes’s sparkling new collection of essays is a veritable treasure house of letters on novels and their authors"].

Dalton, Abigail. "Essays for the ‘Proper Reader’." Everyday eBook, 20 Nov. 2012.

Lewis, Roger. "The Truth about Fiction." Financial Times, 23 Nov. 2012.

Watts, James D. "Julian Barnes' 'Through the Window' examines influential writings." Tulsa World, 25 Nov. 2012.

Trewein, Ion. "Review." Express.co.uk, 25 Nov. 2012.

 

 
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