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    DescriptionThe 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. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings. In "East Wind" a divorced estate agent falls in love with a European waitress, but is tempted, despite his happiness, to investigate her past; in "The Limner" a deaf painter discovers his patron's likeness after spending time among his staff. Anchored off the coast of Brazil, Garibaldi spies his future wife through a telescope, and in "Marriage Lines", a widower returns to a remote Scottish Island to relive a favourite holiday. These are also lives in flux - in the 'stages, transitions, arguments; incompatibilities which grow' - as in the title story, where a man reflects on the break-up of his marriage, brought into new perspective by the actions of his parents; two writers, a 'good team', return from an event rehearsing familiar arguments; in "Gardener's World", a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. Positioned in between are a series of evenings at "Phil & Joanna's", where among the topics of conversation - the environment, politics, the Britishness of marmalade, toilet graffiti and the perils of smoking - we witness the guests' lives shift in sections over the course of a year. 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, each imbued with the humour, poignancy and perception that marks all Julian Barnes' work. This is an imaginative and expertly-constructed new collection from a master of the form.


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    Title
    Pulse
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Julian Barnes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224091084
    ISBN 10: 0224091085
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    01 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Julian Barnes is the author of ten novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10 Chapters and Arthur & George; two books of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table; and also 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 writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). In 2004 he was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. He lives in London.