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Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot

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By (author) Julian Barnes

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 13mm | 143g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099540584
  • ISBN 13: 9780099540588
  • Sales rank: 29,461

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Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help research one of his novels, we learn an enormous amount about the writer's work, family, lovers, thought processes, health and obsessions. But we also gradually come to learn some important and shocking details about Geoffrey himself.

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Author information

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, Arthur & George and most recently The Sense of an Ending, which 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 work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only British writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (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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"Delightful and enriching... A book to revel in!" -- Joseph Heller "Endless food for thought, beautifully written... A tour de force" -- Germaine Greer "A gem: an unashamed literary novel that is also unashamed to be readable, and broadly entertaining. Bravo!" -- John Irving "Julian Barnes' wry and graceful book, part novel, part stealthy literary criticism, traces the marks Flaubert made on a forgetting world. The writing is unfailingly sharp and often very funny, and among the best prose I have read in years" Sunday Times "A delight... Handsomely the best novel published in England in 1984" John Fowles