The Noise of Time
2018 Longlist

The Noise of Time

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Julian
Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert’s Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur and George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen.

His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert’s Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including The Sense of an Ending, Metroland, Flaubert’s Parrot, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Arthur and George; three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and also three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare, and The Pedant in the Kitchen.

His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert’s Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). He was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2004, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. He lives in London.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A gripping and engaging novel of Shostakovich’s life.

We chose The Noise of Time for its depiction of the destiny of a composer in a totalitarian society as if the author had been living there himself – all its absurdity, grotesqueness and the limited choices of an artist.

An insightful account on the life of the composer Shostakovich and his trials and adversities in the Soviet Russia which grows into a masterful treatise on art, freedom, deceptive appearances and the human predicament in general. Despite its brevity, The Noise of Time is a loudly resonating, weighty tome.

An historical novel on the life of composer Shostakovich and the battle with his conscience during the Stalin regime. An intense fictional account of life in the USSR in the 1930s through the eyes of an artist.

An enthralling book crammed with ideas and information, all captured in a compelling fragmented narrative that captures the history, inner turmoil, and geopolitics of the time. Most of all, Barnes captures the character of Shostakovich, the events of his life perfectly chosen to describe a curious kind of hero – anxious, not-quite-cynical but close, who ought to be a coward, but isn’t.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
05/01/2017
Author
Publisher
Jonathan Cape

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