This is, in short, a complete, unsettling, and frequently exhilarating vision of the world, starting with the voyage of Noahs ark and ending with a sneak preview of heaven! From the Trade Paperback edition. ies with fact most notably in Flauberts Parrot, the novel that became his breakthrough book. The story of a retired doctor obsessed with the French author, it combines a literary detective story with a character study of its detective, including facts about Flaubert along the way.
Before Flauberts Parrot propelled him into the company of Ian McEwan and Martin Amis in British authordom, Barnes had been moderately successful with the novels Metroland (which later became the 1997 movie starring Emily Watson and Christian Bale) and Before She Met Me. He was also known to Brits as a newspaper TV critic. Parrot and Barness subsequent Letters from London in The New Yorker helped expand the authors Stateside following. A lot of novelists set up a kind of franchise, and turn out a familiar product, friend and fellow author Jay McInerney told the Guardian in 2000.
But what I like about Juless work is that hes like an entrepreneur who starts up a new company every time out. Among other ambitious themes, Barnes has explored the collapse of communism (The Porcupine) the Disneyfication of culture (England, England), the simple dynamics of relationships (Talking It Over and its sequel, Love, Etc.), and the connections between art, religion, and death (The History of the World in 10 12 Chapters). Barnes has also produced collections of essays, a translation of Alphonse Daudets In the Land of Pain, and a family memoir (Nothing to Be Frightened Of) that also serves as a meditation on mortality.
Good To Know In 2000, a cybersquatting professor acquired the Internet rights to julianbarnes. com and several other authors domain names; Barnes later won his name back, and the domain is now an informational site run by a fan with Barness permission. Barnes had protested the professors actions, accusing him of usurpation; but his opponent might have responded by quoting from Barness own (albeit satirical) England, England Indeed, wasnt there something old-fashioned about the whole concept of ownership, or rather its acquisition by formal contract, in which title is received in exchange for consideration given?.... It would have been unfair to call Sir Jack Pitman a barbarian, though some did; but there stirred within him a longing to revisit pre-classical, pre-bureaucratic methods of acquiring ownership.
Methods such as theft, conquest and pillage, for example. Barnes wrote four mystery novels under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh, all of which are now out of print; the novels starred Duffy, a bisexual expolice officer. Kavanaghs bio read in part Having devoted his adolescence to truancy, venery and petty theft, he left home at seventeen and signed on as a deckhand on a Liberian tanker.
Kavanagh also happens to be the last name of Barness agent and wife, Pat. Barnes was a deputy literary editor under Martin Amis at the New Statesman from 198082 and was also a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. Amis and Barnes later had a falling-out that became fodder for the press when Amis wrote about it in his memoir, Experience; Barnes is mum on the subject, but the disagreement arose when Amis defected from Barness wife to another agent.
Barnes has a cameo in the film Bridget Joness Diary as himself, but in a lesser role than he has in Helen Fieldings book. In the book, Bridget is flummoxed upon encountering Barnes and embarrasses herself; but the more recognizable Salman Rushdie was substituted for Barnes in the film version.