"In Barnes's (Flaubert's Parrot) latest, winner of the 2011 Man-Booker Prize, protagonist Tony Webster has lived an average life with an unremarkable career, a quiet divorce, and a calm middle age. Now in his mid-60s, his retirement is thrown into confusion when he's bequeathed a journal that belonged to his brilliant school-friend, Adrian, who committed suicide 40 years earlier at age 22. Though he thought he understood the events of his youth, he's forced to radically revise what he thought he knew about Adrian, his bitter parting with his mysterious first lover Veronica, and reflect on how he let life pass him by safely and predictably. Barnes's spare and luminous prose splendidly evokes the sense of a life whose meaning (or meaninglessness) is inevitably defined by "the sense of an ending" which only death provides. Despite its focus on the blindness of youth and the passage of time, Barnes's book is entirely unpretentious. From the haunting images of its first pages to the surprising and wrenching finale, the novel carries readers with sensitivity and wisdom through the agony of lost time." (Publisher's Weekly)
Packs quite an emotional punch... Julian Barnes unravels the mystery with masterly skill. He springs surprise after surprise without stooping to sensationalism in a crisp, engaging tale -- Max Davidson Daily Mail Written in beautifully cadenced prose, it is a mature writer's reflections on love and marriage... on family and friendship, on work and death Time Out There is no catastrophe, simply a dawning awareness of the past, its consequences and its meaning for the present. It is a familiar narrative structure, but in the hands of the master-wordsmith that Barnes has become, the effect is cumulatively overwhelming... A compelling, disturbing and profoundly moving story of human fallibility -- Daniel Johnson Standpoint It is a perfect novel of positively European economy and power (shades of Schnitzler, shades of Camus)... It is beyond the wit and depth of any current British writer -- Giles Coran Times
Julian Barnes, geb. 1946, arbeitete nach dem Studium der modernen Sprachen zunächst als Lexikograph und dann als Journalist. Seit 1980 hat Julian Barnes zahlreiche Romane geschrieben. Für sein Werk wurde er weltweit mit zahlreichen Literaturpreisen ausgezeichnet. 2004 und 2005 erhielt er den 'Österreichischen Staatspreis für Europäische Literatur'. Julian Barnes lebt in London.