Levels of Life

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This short, unconventional book is probably the most moving that Julian Barnes has ever written

Subject: Memoirs
 
Levels of Life, Julian Barnes

You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed…

In Levels of Life Julian Barnes gives us Nadar, the pioneer balloonist and aerial photographer; he gives us Colonel Fred Burnaby, reluctant adorer of the extravagant Sarah Bernhardt; then, finally, he gives us the story of his own grief, unflinchingly observed.

This is a book of intense honesty and insight; it is at once a celebration of love and a profound examination of sorrow.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099584537
    Published: 01/04/2014
    Imprint: Vintage
    Extent: 128 pages
  • Hardback
    $24.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780224098151
    Published: 02/04/2013
    Imprint: Jonathan Cape
    Extent: 128 pages
  • EBook
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    ISBN: 9781448180844
    Published: 04/04/2013
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 128 pages
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"It is extraordinary... [It] would seem to pull off the impossible: to recreate, on the page, what it is like to be alive in the world." - Emma Brockes, Guardian

"This is a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing." - Ruth Scurr, The Times

"It’s an unrestrained, affecting piece of writing, raw and honest and more truthful for its dignity and artistry... Anyone who has loved and suffered loss, or just suffered, should read this book, and re-read it, and re-read it." - Martin Fletcher, Independent

"While one might expect a Barnes book to impress, delight, move, disconcert or amuse, the last thing for which his work prepares us is the blast of paralysingly direct emotion that concludes Levels of Life." - Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

"A magnificent blast of unflinching prose." - Daily Telegraph

"A magnificent blast of unflinching prose." - Daily Telegraph

"Powerful and well-articulated." - Roger Lewis, Daily Mail

"It is true that the private language of love doesn’t generally translate; yet how vividly Barnes invokes the power and delicacy of what is lost to him." - Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

"Powerful and well-articulated." - Roger Lewis, Daily Mail

"It is true that the private language of love doesn’t generally translate; yet how vividly Barnes invokes the power and delicacy of what is lost to him." - Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

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Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot and Arthur & George. His most recent novel, The Sense of an Ending, won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His latest book, Levels of Life, was published in 2013 and was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking It Over). In 2004 he received the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and in 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. He lives in London.

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