Julian Barnes returns with fourteen stories about longing and loss, friendship and love, whose mysterious natures he examines with his trademark wit and observant eye.
From an imperial capital in the eighteenth century to Garibaldi's adventures in the nineteenth, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in our time, he finds the "stages, transitions, arguments" that define us. A newly divorced real estate agent can't resist invading his reticent's girlfriend's privacy, but the information he finds reveals only his callously shallow curiosity. A couple come together through an illicit cigarette and a song shared over the din of a Chinese restaurant. A widower revisiting the Scottish island he'd treasured with his wife learns how difficult it is to purge oneself of grief. And throughout, friends gather regularly at dinner parties and perfect the art of cerebral, sometimes bawdy banter about the world passing before them.
Whether domestic or extraordinary, each story pulses with the resonance, spark, and poignant humor for which Barnes is justly heralded.
"All the stories in Pulse have the absolute completeness and density of the very best short fiction." -Kate Saunders, New Statesman
"[An] emotionally sombre, intellectually keen and sensuously celebratory book." -Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times
"Barnes's precise, acerbic novels and stories are a million miles from the state-of-the-nation stuff that tends to dominate modern writing about "Britishness": but in the fictional works about the psychology of these isles, they're very near the top." -Tim Martin, The Telegraph
"This perfectly weighted collection feels like a companion volume to his erudite and profound meditation on death, Nothing to be Frightened of." -Tim Adams, The Observer
EDITIONS & TRANSLATIONS
Pulse. London: Jonathan Cape, 2011.
Pulse. London: Jonathan Cape, 2011 [Signed edition in slipcase, limited to 500 copies].
Pulse. Sofia: Obsidian Press, 2011. Pp. 272. ISBN: 9789547692565
[Published on the author's birthday]
Pulse. Random House Canada, 2011.
Pulse. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Bulgarian - Pulse. Sofia: Obsidian Press, 2011. Pp. 272. ISBN: 9789547692565 [Published on the author's birthday].
Dutch - Polsslag. Amsterdam/Antwerpen: Uitgeverij Atlas, 2011. Pp. 240. ISBN: 9789045018607.
05/05/2011 - Julian Barnes Finds The 'Pulse' Of Heartache - Heller McAlpin, NPR Books
05/01/2011 - Fiction review: Pulse - Doug Childers, Richmond Post-Dispatch
05/01/2011 - Stories of relationships mired in mundanity at times - Margaret Quamme, The Columbus Dispatch
02/21/2011 - Pulse: Stories - Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
01/09/2011 - Pulse, by Julian Barnes - Leyla Sanai, The Independent
01/09/2011 - Pulse by Julian Barnes - Jane Shilling, The Telegraph
01/09/2011 - Stories from the Heart - Rosemary Goering, The Herald Scotland
01/08/2011 - Pulse by Julian Barnes - Rachel Cusk, The Guardian
01/07/2011 - Pulse - Michèle Roberts, Independent
01/06/2011 - The gentle touch - Caroline Moore, The Spectator
01/06/2011 - What death has taught him - Kate Saunders, New Statesman
01/05/2011 - Pulse's beauty is in the detail - Ben Felsenberg, Metro
01/02/2011 - Pulse - Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times
01/02/2011 - Pulse by Julian Barnes Review - Tim Adams, The Observer
01/02/2011 - Pulse by Julian Barnes: Review - Tim Martin, The Telegraph
01/01/2011 - Book Review: Pulse - Allan Massie, The Scotsman
12/2010 - Pulse - Sarah Smith, The Literary Review
11/04/2011 - Metáforas de la vida - Leticia Moneta, Reseñas BOCADESAPO ISSN: 1852-9909