Cross Channel

Cross Channel

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No one has a better perspective to see things from both sides of the Channel than Julian Barnes. He is not only one of the premier writers in Britain but his prize-winning work has long been admired and recognized in France. In these exquisitely crafted and turned stories spanning several centuries, Julian Barnes takes as his universal theme the British in France, our fascination with the country, our various and mixed reasons for being there and our sometimes ambiguous reception.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0330349112
  • 9780330349116
  • 1,635,919

Review Text

Ten perfect stories about the British in France, from the 17th to the 21st century. There is a bitter, neglected English composer in the 1930s; a gang of English workmen constructing the Paris-Rouen railway in the 1840s; a pompous Englishman's sexual 'experiment' with Andre Breton and the Surrealists in the 1920s; a naive young Englishman on the 18th-century Grand Tour writing home; a British soldier killed on the Somme... The author of Flaubert's Parrot always writes elegantly, with erudition, Gallic irony and an obvious love of France and the French; this book, like his masterpiece, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, dazzles with its shifts in time, voice and mood and its sheer breadth of knowledge (perhaps the bilingual puns come dangerously close to showing off, but Barnes flatters the reader's intelligence). (Kirkus UK)show more

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"Barnes is a witty, playful and ironic writer at the top of his form...Cross Channel is in the best sense an artful book.""--San Francisco Chronicle "Fluently written, finely observed...delicately patterned.""--New York Times "From the Trade Paperback edition.show more

Author information

Julian Barnes has published nine novels, Metroland, Before She Met Me, Flaubert's Parrot, Staring at the Sun, A History of the World in 10 and Half Chapters, Talking It Over, The Porcupine, England, England and Love, etc; one other book of short stories, The Lemon Table; and also two collections of essays, Letters from London and Something to Declare. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Midicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Fimina (for Talking It Over). In 1993 he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg. He lives in London.show more

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