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By Julian Barnes

From the fellow Booker Prize-winning writer of The feel of an Ending and considered one of Britain's maximum writers: a super number of essays at the books and authors that experience intended the main to him all through his illustrious career.

In those seventeen essays (plus a quick tale and a different preface, "A lifestyles with Books"), Julian Barnes examines the British, French and American writers who've formed his writing, in addition to the cross-currents and overlappings in their varied 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 numerous translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the nationwide Treasure prestige of George Orwell to the depression of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it could do. As he writes, "Novels let us know the main fact approximately lifestyles: what it's, how we are living it, what it would be for, how we take pleasure in and price it, and the way we lose it."

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A woman with a whip waits for me to wake And fuck until I break. Te doorman of my building tells me she’s a fake. She doesn’t ride a horse—it’s a stationary bike, for Christ’s sake. She posts up and down on a stationary seat With her riding crop, looking for meat to beat. She’s not a dyke. She’s not a kike. What’s not to like? It’s not like she’s a dyke— Who would care anyway? It’s not like she’s a kike— Who even talks that way? Tat’s so old-time vile and evil. She’s the kind of woman I used to like to love.

But you know, you can’t write diferently, even if you want to. You just have to be able to notice when you are boring yourself. And I am fortunate, because I don’t have to earn my living by writing, so I really don’t have to think about it. I don’t mean it doesn’t impinge upon me, but I don’t have to be preoccupied by it. INT ERV IEW ER Now you’re writing a biography of Freud. I wonder what it is you think you might discover—which is a wrong question, because you don’t know. PHI LLI PS I don’t particularly want to discover anything, in that sense, about Freud.

INT ERV IEW ER What did you talk about? PHI LLI PS My parents were very lef-wing, so there was a lot of talk about politics. Tere was a lot of talk among the men about sport. Tere was a lot of talk about sex and food and money and relationships. And there was a lot of . . just sort of hilarity. I don’t want to give too pastoral a view of this—everyone was anxious all the time—but there were a lot of laughs. And we were encouraged to do jobs that contributed something good to the culture, to be a doctor or lawyer, 32 probably.

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