The Noise of Time

Nominated for the Walter Scott Prize 2017

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"We're going to be fine." He looks around, but there's nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious technicolour to their right. Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can't help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn't submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they're determined to get back to because they've come too far to lose each other now. Hold Back the Stars is a love story like no other. "Prepare to shed tears" Heat "Original, surprising and romantic" Woman' Home "Breaks your heart, then kicks it a few more times for good measure in the most beautiful way possible" The Pool "A high-stakes, high-concept love story from a bold new talent ... All of the obvious "out of this world" comments apply." -- Matt Haig, author of The Humans "Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us" Red
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"A great novel, Barnes's masterpiece... Exquisite, intimate detail. He has given us a novel that is powerfully affecting, a condensed masterpiece that traces the lifelong battle of one man's conscience, one man's art, with the insupportable exigencies of totalitarianism." Alex Preston Observer
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Julian Barnes, 1946 in Leicester, England, geboren, arbeitete nach dem Studium moderner Sprachen als Lexikograph, dann als Journalist. Von Barnes, der zahlreiche internationale Literaturpreise erhielt, liegt ein umfangreiches erzählerisches und essayistisches Werk vor. 2016 wurde er mit dem "Siegfried Lenz Preis" ausgezeichnet. Julian Barnes lebt in London.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 192
Erscheinungsdatum 05.01.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78470-333-2
Verlag Random House UK
Maße (L/B/H) 17,7/10,8/2,5 cm
Gewicht 141 g
Verkaufsrang 2.488
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The Noise of Time
von miss.mesmerized am 05.02.2016
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Julian Barnes on the traces of one of Russia’s greatest composers: Shostakovich. In 1936, he waits for his arrest and possible execution. Twelve years later, the country is ruled by another man, but life is not much easier for musicians and yet he has to represent power on trips... Julian Barnes on the traces of one of Russia’s greatest composers: Shostakovich. In 1936, he waits for his arrest and possible execution. Twelve years later, the country is ruled by another man, but life is not much easier for musicians and yet he has to represent power on trips abroad. Another twelve years later, he continues to arrange his life within the narrow borders of the political system where he at the same time makes a career and is suppressed. Again the same time leap and he only wishes to finally leave the earth. The author chose an interesting way of writing a kind of biography. Based on the available facts – which seems to have been much harder than one might think – Barnes composed a novel around major events in Shostakovich’s life and focuses on his feelings rather than on real action. In this way, the strings that Shostakovich was attached to become much more obvious and palpable and you can get a real idea of the time in Russia and the later Soviet Union. Especially the fact that no matter who rules and what this person’s opinion on music or composing, you were never free to express what is inside you and misinterpretation – either on purpose or not – was something you just had to accept. This novel again can convince me not because there is much action and an interesting plot, but because Barnes manages to convey an atmosphere which slightly shifts but always stays tense and this keeps you, too, vigilant.


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