A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters

A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters

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By (author) Julian Barnes

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 16mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099540126
  • ISBN 13: 9780099540120
  • Sales rank: 21,888

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Beginning with an unlikely stowaway's account of life on board Noah's Ark, A History of the World in 10� Chapters presents a surprising, subversive, fictional history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives. Noah disembarks from his ark but he and his Voyage are not forgotten: they are revisited in on other centuries and other climes - by a Victorian spinster mourning her father, by an American astronaut on an obsessive personal mission. We journey to the Titanic, to the Amazon, to the raft of the Medusa, and to an ecclesiastical court in medieval France where a bizarre case is about to begin...This is no ordinary history, but something stranger, a challenge and a delight for the reader's imagination. Ambitious yet accessible, witty and playfully serious, this is the work of a brilliant novelist.

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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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"Frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic, and a delight to read. Barnes is like a worldly, secular reincarnation of a medieval gloss-writer on sacred texts, and what he offers us is the novel as footnote to history, as subversion of the given, as brilliant, elaborate doodle around the margins of what we think about what we think we know" Observer "You will want to read it again and again, and why not? - there's nothing around to touch it" Literary Review "There is more moral and intellectual fodder, and more jokes, here than you will read in a month of Sundays... storytelling and teaching which captivate, liberate, and above all, enchant" Financial Times "This is a novel like no other - provocative, superbly funny, a wonderful and most original work...gives the reader a sense of ebullient, whooping joy" Guardian

Editorial reviews

You will want to read it again and again, and why not? - there's nothing around to touch it