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‘Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.’ With these words, Man Booker prize winner Julian Barnes (1946) opens his latest novel, Het enige verhaal [The Only Story] (Atlas Contact, 2018). Only the great masters dare come up with an age-old story: one of love, and then give it a completely unique twist. And the result is four and five-star reviews. Barnes rarely appears in public. That’s why we’re especially proud that he’s agreed to come to Utrecht for our ILFU.

‘The British writer who pays little heed to literary mores’. That’s how Bert Wagendorp described Julian Barnes in de Volkskrant. He writes fiction and non-fiction, short stories and novels, and has received awards such as the David Cohen Prize for Literature, a British oeuvre prize, for his work. For his novel Alsof het voorbij is [The Sense of an Ending], he was awarded the coveted Man Booker Prize. This year, his new novel Het enige verhaal [The Only Story], translated by Ronald Vlek, was published by Atlas Contact: the life story of an unreliable narrator, the story about a first love and a search for what love really is, but above all the story of an acclaimed British author.

Het enige verhaal [The Only Story] is beautiful and sad in its hopelessness. When you finish reading it, you’re a step closer to finding out what love really is. And at the same time, it must be said, you’re also a step further away from it.’ (Bert Wagendorp in de Volkskrant)


Prior to the interview with Barnes Bert Wagendorp will deliver a eulogy.

Tuesday 18 September

Time: 20:00 - 22:00 Hour
Admission fees: €15
Admission fees friends: €10
Language: Engels

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