Julian Barnes
English writer
Julian Barnes
Julian Patrick Barnes is a contemporary English writer. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his book The Sense of an Ending (2011), and three of his earlier books had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005). He has also written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh (his late wife's surname), though has published nothing under that name for more than twenty-five years.
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'1984' Sales Have Skyrocketed. Here’s What To Read Next.
Huffington Post - 24 days
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Weekend Roundup: How to Curb the Mobocratic Algorithm of Social Media
Huffington Post - 4 months
Wael Ghonim is the internet activist who helped spawn the Arab Spring in Egypt with his Facebook posts. During those heady days in Cairo, as he explains in an interview with The WorldPost, Ghonim came to realize that, “the algorithmic structure of social media amplified and abetted the turn to mobocracy” because it is designed to bring together those with common passions and sympathies irrespective of whether the information they share is truth, rumor or lies. In our present moment, says Ghonim, “Donald Trump is the living example of the damage mobocratic algorithms can do to the democratic process.” The challenge has thus shifted, he says. “While once social media was seen as a liberating means to speak truth to power,” Ghonim argues, “now the issue is how to speak truth to social media.” Since “people will be as shallow as platforms allow them to be,” he explains, Ghonim proposes that the big social media companies focus on creating a “meritocratic algorithm” that rewards cre ...
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How My Millennial Students Found Their 'Hitchhiker's Guide' to a Secular Age
Huffington Post - 4 months
This essay is part of a series, produced by the Berggruen Institute and Zócalo Public Square, on philosopher Charles Taylor, recipient of the 2016 Berggruen Prize. When I announced in 2011 that my senior undergraduate seminar would be devoted to wading through Charles Taylor’s mammoth 900-page tome, “A Secular Age,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. Taylor is one of the world’s most celebrated thinkers, but I had my doubts that my students at Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts college of about 4,000 students, would want to wrestle with the work of this notoriously difficult Canadian philosopher. When the seminar table filled, I was intrigued. Either these students were gluttons for punishment, or Taylor’s questions about belief and unbelief in the 21st century had struck a nerve. We began working through Taylor’s dense argument and I worried that we’d soon lose each other in the dark forest of his prose. Like with Hansel and Gretel, reading Taylor ...
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12 Contemporary British Novels We Can't Live Without
Huffington Post - 9 months
By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf As a lifelong Anglophile, I have worshipped at the altar of Austen, Brontë, and Dickens ever since I received my first copy of Pride and Prejudice in the fourth grade. But British literature goes far beyond the country manors and moody moors of the nineteenth century. Here are twelve fantastic novels from some of the most exciting contemporary novelists across the pond that every self-respecting Anglophile should read.   White Teeth by Zadie Smith White Teeth plays out its bounding, vibrant course in a Jamaican hair salon in North London, an Indian restaurant in Leicester Square, an Irish poolroom turned immigrant café, a liberal public school, and a sleek science institute, while it takes on faith, race, gender, history, and culture. Zadie Smith's dazzling first novel is not to be missed. Read the review here   The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Sarah Waters earned a reputation as one of Britain's great writers of historical ...
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Julian Barnes Takes on Shostakovich
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
In his new novel, “The Noise of Time,” Julian Barnes reimagines the life of composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his coercive treatment in Soviet Russia.
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32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Whether you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be the year you’ll read more books, the year you’ll read books more thoughtfully or the year you’ll read fewer curmudgeonly comments sections, we have a few new releases worth considering. We’re looking forward to bold familial debuts, whimsical fable-like stories and sprawling sagas by the usual suspects (we’re looking at you, Don DeLillo). Our list has you covered through May -- here’s hoping you’re resolute with your reading resolutions until then! JANUARY   The Past by Tessa Hadley Jan. 5 Hadley’s popular reputation, especially in the U.S., hasn’t caught up with her critical one. But this novel, which uses her much-praised perceptiveness and her fine-brushed prose to tell a story of familial secrets and tensions, may help her break through. -CF   Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa Jan. 12 Yapa’s debut is a searing, stylishly written novel voiced through seven char ...
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32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Whether you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be the year you’ll read more books, the year you’ll read books more thoughtfully or the year you’ll read fewer curmudgeonly comments sections, we have a few new releases worth considering. We’re looking forward to bold familial debuts, whimsical fable-like stories and sprawling sagas by the usual suspects (we’re looking at you, Don DeLillo). Our list has you covered through May -- here’s hoping you’re resolute with your reading resolutions until then! JANUARY   The Past by Tessa Hadley Jan. 5 Hadley’s popular reputation, especially in the U.S., hasn’t caught up with her critical one. But this novel, which uses her much-praised perceptiveness and her fine-brushed prose to tell a story of familial secrets and tensions, may help her break through. -CF   Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa Jan. 12 Yapa’s debut is a searing, stylishly written novel voiced through seven character ...
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17 Inspirational New Year's Reads For The Self-Help Skeptic
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A new year, a new you! Right? It's tough to keep those New Year's resolutions, though, and a little guidance or inspiration never hurts. The right book means you're never going it alone with your plan to be more generous with your time, to commit to hitting the gym, to become your best self. That book doesn't need to be a self-help book, either. If you've never envisioned yourself accumulating a shelf full of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and He's Just Not That Into You and The Four-Hour Body, you can still turn to your bookcases for motivation and instruction.  The Arts & Culture team put our heads together to compile some of our favorite inspirational reads -- ones even self-help skeptics will love -- to start your year off right.   Maddie Crum:  The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits The subtitle of Heidi Julavits's latest book -- "A diary" -- is a bit of a misnomer. While The Folded Clock brims with thoughtful self-analysis and goofy anec ...
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17 Inspirational New Year's Reads For The Self-Help Skeptic
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A new year, a new you! Right? It's tough to keep those New Year's resolutions, though, and a little guidance or inspiration never hurts. The right book means you're never going it alone with your plan to be more generous with your time, to commit to hitting the gym, to become your best self. That book doesn't need to be a self-help book, either. If you've never envisioned yourself accumulating a shelf full of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and He's Just Not That Into You and The Four-Hour Body, you can still turn to your bookcases for motivation and instruction.  The Arts & Culture team put our heads together to compile some of our favorite inspirational reads -- ones even self-help skeptics will love -- to start your year off right.   Maddie Crum:  The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits The subtitle of Heidi Julavits's latest book -- "A diary" -- is a bit of a misnomer. While The Folded Clock brims with thoughtful self-analysis and goofy anec ...
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Belgian Police Thwart Potential Dec. 31 Attack
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Belgian authorities arrested two people on terrorism charges, potentially breaking up a plan to attack year-end festivities in the Belgian capital. WSJ's Julian Barnes reports on Lunch Break. Photo: AP
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Paris Attacks Prompt Geopolitical Shift in West
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
The November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris may signify a shift in U.S.-Russia relations as the world tackles the greater task of stopping ISIS. WSJ’s Julian Barnes joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: AP
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U.S. Aims to Bolster Troop Presence in Europe
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Pentagon leaders propose rotating more forces to Europe to deter possible Russian aggression. WSJ's Julian Barnes joins Lunch Break With Tanya Rivero. Photo: Reuters
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Julian Barnes remembers Philip French, for 40 years a friend
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
The author looks back over 40 years of friendship with a man who combined a love of terrible puns with his vast knowledge, generosity and sense of fun Writers, directors, actors, colleagues and friends remember an exceptional critic Philip was a phenomenon. His memory, of course. His entire knowledge of the entire history of the entire cinema. His probity. His omnivorousness. His complete absence of snobbery, cultural or otherwise. The way he seemed to gleam with excitement when he worked, or talked about work, or thought about work. His energy. His love of – and abundant recall for – American popular music and show tunes. His cross-cultural range. His skill at linking an apparently free-standing film, or novel, or painting, to its political and social context. And underlying it all, his essential generosity as a critic, a generosity unaffected by time or experience: at 70, he would set off to a movie with as much hope of discovering a masterpiece as when a student 50 years earlie ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julian Barnes
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    In 2013, Barnes took on the British government over its "mass closure of public libraries", Britain's "slip down the world league table for literacy" and its "ideological worship of the market – as quasi-religious as nature-worship – and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor."
    More Details Hide Details He also used the word "farting" as a metaphor for selfishness. Barnes maintains a high level of privacy with regard to his personal life, though he is often very candid in interviews. His brother, Jonathan Barnes, is a philosopher specialising in ancient philosophy. Julian Barnes is a patron of human rights organisation Freedom from Torture, for which he has sponsored several fundraising events, and Dignity in Dying, a campaign group for assisted dying. He lives in London. Barnes is an atheist. His wife Pat Kavanagh, who was a literary agent, died on 20 October 2008 of a brain tumour. Barnes wrote about his grief over his wife's death in an essay in his book Levels of Life.
    In 2013 Barnes published Levels of Life.
    More Details Hide Details The first section of the work gives a history of early ballooning and aerial photography, describing the work of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon. The second part is a short story about Fred Burnaby and the French actor Sarah Bernhardt, both also balloonists. The third part is an essay discussing Barnes' grief over the death of his wife, Pat Kavanagh (although she is not named): "You put together two people who have not been put together before... Sometimes it works, and something new is made, and the world is changed... I was thirty-two when we met, sixty-two when she died. The heart of my life; the life of my heart." In The Guardian, Blake Morrison said of the third section, "Its resonance comes from all it doesn't say, as well as what it does; from the depth of love we infer from the desert of grief."
  • 2011
    Barnes' eleventh novel, The Sense of an Ending, published by Jonathan Cape, was released on 4 August 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In October of that year, the book was awarded the Man Booker Prize. The judges took 31 minutes to decide the winner and head judge, Stella Rimington, said The Sense of an Ending was a "beautifully written book" and the panel thought it "spoke to humankind in the 21st Century." The Sense of an Ending also won the Europese Literatuurprijs and was on the New York Times Bestseller list for several weeks.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    In 2003, Barnes undertook a rare acting role as the voice of Georges Simenon in a BBC Radio 4 series of adaptations of Inspector Maigret stories.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Barnes is a keen Francophile, and his 1996 book Cross Channel, is a collection of 10 stories charting Britain's relationship with France.
    More Details Hide Details He also returned to the topic of France in Something to Declare, a collection of essays on French subjects.
  • 1991
    In 1991, he published Talking It Over, a contemporary love triangle, in which the three characters take turns to talk to the reader, reflecting over common events.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a sequel, Love, etc (2000), which revisited the characters ten years on. Barnes's novel The Porcupine (1992) again deals with a historical theme as it depicts the trial of the former leader of a collapsed Communist country in Eastern Europe, Stoyo Petkanov, as he stands trial for crimes against his country. England, England is a humorous novel that explores the idea of national identity as the entrepreneur Sir Jack Pitman creates a theme park on the Isle of Wight that duplicates the tourist spots of England. Arthur & George (2005), a fictional account of a true crime that was investigated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, launched Barnes's career into the more popular mainstream. It was the first of his novels to be featured on the New York Times bestsellers list for Hardback Fiction.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989 Barnes published A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, which was also a non-linear novel, which uses a variety of writing styles to call into question the perceived notions of human history and knowledge itself.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    From 1979 to 1986 he worked as a television critic, first for the New Statesman and then for The Observer.
    More Details Hide Details His first novel, Metroland (1980), is the story of Christopher, a young man from the London suburbs who travels to Paris as a student, finally returning to London. The novel deals with themes of idealism and sexual fidelity, and has the three-part structure that is a common recurrence in Barnes' work. After reading the novel, Barnes' mother complained about the book's "bombardment" of filth. His second novel Before She Met Me (1982) features a darker narrative, a story of revenge by a jealous historian who becomes obsessed by his second wife's past. Barnes's breakthrough novel Flaubert's Parrot (1984) departed from the traditional linear structure of his previous novels and featured a fragmentary biographical style story of an elderly doctor, Geoffrey Braithwaite, who focuses obsessively on the life of Gustave Flaubert. In reference to Flaubert, Barnes has said, "he’s the writer whose words I most carefully tend to weigh, who I think has spoken the most truth about writing." Flaubert's Parrot was published to great acclaim, especially in France, and it helped established Barnes as one of the pre-eminent writers of his generation.
  • OTHER
  • 1956
    In 1956 the family moved to Northwood, Middlesex, the 'Metroland' of his first novel.
    More Details Hide Details He then went on to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied Modern Languages. After graduation, he worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary supplement for three years. He then worked as a reviewer and literary editor for the New Statesman and the New Review. During his time at the New Statesman, Barnes suffered from debilitating shyness, saying: "When there were weekly meetings I would be paralysed into silence, and was thought of as the mute member of staff".
  • 1946
    Born on January 19, 1946.
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