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Pulse

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By (author) Julian Barnes

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 18mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099552477
  • ISBN 13: 9780099552475
  • Sales rank: 44,710

Product description

The stories in Julian Barnes' long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. A divorcee falls in love with a mysterious European waitress; a widower relives a favourite holiday; two writers rehearse familiar arguments; a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. And at a series of evenings at 'Phil & Joanna's', the topics of conversation range from the environment to the Britishness of marmalade, from toilet graffiti to smoking, as we witness the guests' lives in flux. Ranging from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter, the stories in Pulse resonate and spark.

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Julian Barnes is the author of eleven 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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"Pulse is Barnes's 17th book and is a masterclass in the shorter form." -- Elizabeth Day Observer "Julian Barnes writes so exquisitely that every page of this collection contains literary pearls" Mail on Sunday "All the stories in Pulse have the absolute completeness and density of the very best short fiction" New Statesman "Masterclasses in the form, full of the sidelong wit and intelligence that make the writer one of our most consistently deft short-form stylists" Daily Telegraph "Barnes' stylish prose, eye for emotional detail and sense of absurdity never let him down... He suits the short story very well" Literary Review

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The stories in Julian Barnes’ long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. A divorcee falls in love with a mysterious European waitress; a widower relives a favourite holiday; two writers rehearse familiar arguments; a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. And at a series of evenings at ‘Phil & Joanna’s’, the topics of conversation range from the environment to the Britishness of marmalade, from toilet graffiti to smoking, as we witness the guests’ lives in flux. Ranging from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter, the stories in Pulse resonate and spark. ‘Julian Barnes writes so exquisitely that every page of this collection contains literary pearls’ Mail on Sunday ‘All the stories have the absolute completeness and density of the very best short fiction’ New Statesman ‘Barnes’ stylish prose, eye for emotional detail and sense of absurdity never let him down’ Literary Review ‘Master classes in the form, full of the sidelong wit and intelligence that make the writer one of our most consistently deft short-form stylists’ Daily Telegraph