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Pulse

Julian Barnes

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ISBN 10: 0307359603 / ISBN 13: 9780307359605
Published by Random House Canada, 2011
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Title: Pulse

Publisher: Random House Canada

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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From a writer who's on a roll, fourteen stories that range freely through the historical past and contemporary life, touching on longing and love, loss and friendship, and a great many passions in between. It's the strongest collection yet from Julian Barnes.

From an imperial capital in the eighteenth century to Garibaldi's adventures in the nineteenth, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in our time, Julian Barnes finds the "stages, transitions, arguments" that define us. A newly divorced real estate agent can't resist invading his reticent girlfriend's privacy, but the information he finds reveals only his callously shallow curiosity. A couple comes together through an illicit cigarette and a song shared over the din of a Chinese restaurant. A widower revisiting the Scottish island he'd treasured with his wife learns how difficult it is to purge oneself of grief. And throughout, friends gather regularly at dinner parties and perfect the art of cerebral, sometimes bawdy banter about the world passing before them. Whether domestic or extraordinary, each story pulses with the resonance, spark and poignant humor for which Barnes is justly heralded.

About the Author:

JULIAN BARNES is the author of 10 novels, 2 previous books of stories, 2 collections of essays and a translation of Alphonse Daudet's In the Land of Pain. His most recent novel, The Sense of an Ending, won the Man Booker Prize. His honours include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.

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