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Noise of Time, The

Barnes, Julian

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ISBN 10: 1910702609 / ISBN 13: 9781910702604
Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2016
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Julian Barnes's first novel since he won the Man Booker Prize for "The Sense of an Ending." An early review in "Publisher's Weekly" terms it "a novel of tremendous grace and power, giving voice to the complex and troubled man (Dmitry Shostakovich) whose music outlasted the state that sought to silence him." The DJ describes it as "a story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice, and human courage. It is the work of a true master." This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, the true First edition, first printing with number line starting with "1" and signed by Barnes in his small meticulous signature on the full title page. As of early Feb this is the only copy listed on ABE by a US bookseller. Bookseller Inventory # 160201

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Title: Noise of Time, The

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, London

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A masterful novel dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, from the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending.
The book begins in 1936, with Dmitri Shostakovich petrified at the age of thirty and fearing for his livelihood and even his life. His opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District has just been denounced in Pravda in an article that certainly reflects the opinion of Joseph Stalin himself. Every night he waits on the landing outside his apartment, expecting NKVD agents to come and whisk him away. Shostakovich reflects on not only his predicament but also his own personal history, his parents and his various women and wives and his children, and all who are still alive themselves hang in the balance of his fate.
     When the interrogation he fears does eventually arrive, a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming a casualty of the Great Terror that claims so many of his friends and contemporaries--"chips that had flown while the wood was being chopped." Still, the spectre of the government hovers over him for several further decades, forcing him to constantly weigh the merits of appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music. Barnes elegantly guides us through subsequent stages of Shostakovich's life, from being ground into the dirt under the thumb of despotism to being made to serve as a figurehead of Soviet values at a cultural conference in New York, and finally being forced into joining the Party. The trajectory of his career illuminates the evolution of the Soviet Union, with Nikita Khrushchev assuming its leadership, this providing no great joy to Shostakovich.
The Noise of Time is both a heartbreaking account of a relentlessly fascinating man's experience and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society.

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JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty previous books, for which he received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in France, the Prix Médicis and the Prix Femina; in Austria, the State Prize for European Literature; and in 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. The author lives in London.

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