Julian Barnes

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Julian Patrick Barnes (born 19 January 1946) is an English writer. He won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 with The Sense of an Ending, having been shortlisted three times previously with Flaubert's Parrot, England, England, and Arthur & George. Barnes has also written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh (having married Pat Kavanagh). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Julian Barnes has received more than 1,171,179 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia. Julian Barnes is the 842nd most popular writer (down from 796th in 2019), the 636th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 649th in 2019) and the 76th most popular British Writer.

Julian Barnes is most famous for his novel, "The Sense of an Ending," which won the Man Booker Prize in 2011.

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Notable Works

England, England
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction As every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of Wight. Grotesque, visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman takes the saying literally and does exactly that. He constructs on the island 'The Project', a vast heritage centre containing everything 'English', from Big Ben to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the white cliffs of Dover. The project is monstrous, risky, and vastly successful. In fact, it gradually begins to rival 'Old' England and even threatens to supersede it... One of Barnes's finest and funniest novels, England, England calls into question the idea of replicas, truth vs fiction, reality vs art, nationhood, myth-making, and self-exploration. 'A brilliant, Swiftian fantasy' The Economist
A seize ans, Christopher et Toni, deux inséparables copains, réalisent que c'est uniquement dans le métro qu'ils peuvent être vraiment seuls avec eux-mêmes et imaginer tout ce qui changera quand ils seront enfin dans la Vraie Vie. Il y aura le mariage - et l'amour huit fois par nuit -, de grandes quantités d'argent à la banque, les boîtes de nuit... Bref, les rêves de tous les garçons de leur âge. Mais sous la plume de Julian Barnes, qui signait là son premier roman, leur éducation sentimentale et autre devient un petit chef-d'œuvre de drôlerie... Un jour, ils auront vingt ans, puis davantage. Lequel des deux saura le mieux équilibrer les contraintes et les illusions ?
Arthur and George
Brilliantly imagined and irresistibly readable, Arthur & George is a major new novel from Julian Barnes, a wonderful combination of playfulness, pathos and wisdom. Searching for clues, no one would ever guess that the lives of Arthur and George might intersect. Growing up in shabby-genteel nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Arthur is saddled with a dad who is a disgrace and a mum he wishes to protect, and is propelled into a life of action. To his astonishment, his career as a self-made man of letters brings him riches and fame and, in the world at large, he becomes the perfect picture of the honourable English gentlemen. George is irredeemably an outsider, and has no hope of becoming such a picture. Though he’s dogged and logical, a vicar’s son from rural Staffordshire, he is set apart, and he and his family are targeted in his boyhood by a poison-pen campaign. George finds safe harbour in the reliability of rules, and grows up to become a solicitor, putting his faith in the insulating value of British justice. Then crisis upsets the uneasy equilibrium of both men’s lives. Arthur is knocked for a loop by guilt and other dishonourable emotions. George is put to the sorest test, accused of a horrible crime. And from that point on their lives weave together in the most profound and surprising way, as each man becomes the other’s salvation. Arthur & George is a masterful novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all, it’s a profound and witty meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove. George and his father pray together, kneeling side by side on the scrubbed boards. Then George climbs into bed while his father locks the door and turns out the light. As he falls asleep, George sometimes thinks of the floor, and how his soul must be scrubbed just as the boards are scrubbed. Father is not an easy sleeper, and has a tendency to groan and wheeze. Sometimes, in the early morning, when dawn is beginning to show at the edges of the curtains, Father will catechize him. "George, where do you live?" "The Vicarage, Great Wyrley." "And where is that?" "Staffordshire, Father." "And where is that?" "The centre of England." "And what is England, George?" "England is the beating heart of the Empire, Father." "Good. And what is the blood that flows through the arteries and veins of the Empire to reach even its farthest shore?" "The Church of England." "Good, George." And after a while Father will begin to groan and wheeze again. George watches the outline of the curtain harden. He lies there thinking of arteries and veins making red lines on the map of the world, linking Britain to all the places coloured pink: Australia and India and Canada and islands dotted everywhere. He thinks of blood bubbling though these tubes and emerging in Sydney, Bombay, the St. Lawrence Waterway. Bloodlines, that is a word he has heard somewhere. With the pulse of blood in his ears, he begins to fall asleep again. —excerpt from Arthur & George


Among writers, Julian Barnes ranks 842 out of 7,302Before him are Dubravka Ugrešić, Thietmar of Merseburg, Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz, Tibor Sekelj, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Miroslav Krleža. After him are Vittoria Colonna, Robert van Gulik, Heliodorus of Emesa, Juliette Récamier, Varlam Shalamov, and W. H. Auden.

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Among people born in 1946, Julian Barnes ranks 78Before him are Chris Slade, Uri Geller, Daniel Libeskind, Nicos Anastasiades, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, and Lasse Hallström. After him are Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, Xanana Gusmão, Ahmed Zewail, Philip Pullman, Marilyn vos Savant, and Howard Shore.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Julian Barnes ranks 636 out of 8,785Before him are Willibrord (658), William Shockley (1910), Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850), Alice Liddell (1852), John Bunyan (1628), and Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868). After him are Kenneth MacAlpin (810), Henry Bessemer (1813), Rudolf Abel (1903), W. H. Auden (1907), Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877), and James Hargreaves (1720).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Julian Barnes ranks 76Before him are Thomas Hardy (1840), John le Carré (1931), Tony Buzan (1942), Jerome K. Jerome (1859), Edgar Wallace (1875), and John Bunyan (1628). After him are W. H. Auden (1907), Frederick Forsyth (1938), Wilkie Collins (1824), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Philip Pullman (1946), and Ben Jonson (1572).