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Julian Barnes

Great Britain

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Julian Barnes (1946) was born in Leicester, England and released his first novel Metroland in 1980. He has been honoured with many awards for his work: in 2011 he received the prestigious David Cohen Prize for Literature, a biennial British prize in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work.  He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize four times. He finally won the Man Booker for his novel The Sense of an Ending (2011), which was adapted to film last year. In 2016, he released The Noise of Time, a fictional biography of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. His latest novel, The Only Story, was published this year. The Dutch translation by Ronald Vlek was published by Atlas Contact. It is a story about first love and the search to discover what love actually is, but above all else, it is a story by an acclaimed British author.

The Only Story is stunning and sad in its hopelessness. At the end, the reader is closer to answering the question of what love is. And at the same time, it has to be said, he is also a lot further away from it.” (Bert Wagendorp in de Volkskrant)