Levels of Life

Levels of Life

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'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes' new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 9mm | 97g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 009959028X
  • 9780099590286
  • 30,661

Review quote

"It is extraordinary... [It] would seem to pull off the impossible: to recreate, on the page, what it is like to be alive in the world." -- Emma Brockes Guardian "This is a book of rare intimacy and honesty about love and grief. To read it is a privilege. To have written it is astonishing." -- Ruth Scurr The Times "It's an unrestrained, affecting piece of writing, raw and honest and more truthful for its dignity and artistry... Anyone who has loved and suffered loss, or just suffered, should read this book, and re-read it, and re-read it." -- Martin Fletcher Independent "Levels of Life is both a supremely crafted artefact and a desolating guidebook to the land of loss." -- John Carey Sunday Times "While one might expect a Barnes book to impress, delight, move, disconcert or amuse, the last thing for which his work prepares us is the blast of paralysingly direct emotion that concludes Levels of Life." -- Tim Martin Daily Telegraphshow more

About Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including 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; four collections of essays; and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Levels of Life. He lives in London.show more

Review Text

"Ein außergewöhnlich intimes und ehrliches Buch über Liebe und Trauer" The Times Julian Barnes schreibt über die menschliche Existenz auf der Erde und in der Luft. Wir lernen Nadar kennen, Pionier der Ballonfahrt und einer der ersten Fotografen, die Luftaufnahmen machten, sowie Colonel Fred Burnaby, der zum eigenwilligen Bewunderer der extravaganten Schauspielerin Sarah Bernhardt wird. Und wir lesen über Julian Barnes eigene Trauer über den Tod seiner Frau schonungslos offen, präzise und tief berührend. Ein Buch über das Wagnis zu lieben. "Eines der besten, bewegendsten Bücher, die es gibt" Evening Standard "It is extraordinary... [It] would seem to pull off the impossible: to recreate, on the page, what it is like to be alive in the world." Emma Brockes Guardianshow more

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3 21% (1,401)
2 6% (374)
1 2% (131)
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