Letters from London by Julian Barnes

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With brilliant wit, idiosyncratic intelligence, and a bold grasp of intricate political realities, the celebrated author of Flaubert's Parrot turns his satiric glance homeward to England, in a sparkling collection of essays that illustrates the infinite variety of contemporary London life.


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About Julian Barnes

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Julian Barnes's honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London. www.julianbarnes.com
 
Published October 27, 2010 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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"Fake!," for example, begins with a quote from Mallarme about fake Rubens paintings, turns to a British Museum exhibition of objects that "conned experts of yesteryear," and spins past an art forger before focusing on the dubious competition for ownership of "the most famous shop in England" -- H...

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On the 1994 ceremonial opening of the ``chunnel'' linking Britain and France, and the British anxiety over a possible resulting influx of rabid French animals, he notes, ``It was as if, lining up behind Mitterrand and the Queen as they cut the tricolor ribbons at Calais were packs of swivel-eyed ...

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One of England's premier novelists, Julian Barnes (Flaubert's Parrot) has been The New Yorker's London correspondent since 1989, and Letters From London, the first collection of his missives, is a clear example of why he was an excellent choice.

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