Something to Declare by Julian Barnes
Essays on France

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Anyone who loves France (or just feels strongly about it), or has succumbed to the spell of Julian Barnes’s previous books, will be enraptured by this collection of essays on the country and its culture.

Barnes’s appreciation extends from France’s vanishing peasantry to its hyper-literate pop singers, from the gleeful iconoclasm of nouvelle vague cinema to the orgy of drugs and suffering that is the Tour de France. Above all, Barnes is an unparalleled connoisseur of French writing and writers. Here are the prolific and priapic Simenon, Baudelaire, Sand and Sartre, and several dazzling excursions on the prickly genius of Flaubert. Lively yet discriminating in its enthusiasm, seemingly infinite in its range of reference, and written in prose as stylish as haute couture, Something to Declare is an unadulterated joy.

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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.
Published January 16, 2009 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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Something to Declare Julian Barnes Picador, £8.99 pp302 Julian Barnes's most celebrated novels - Flaubert's Parrot and The History of the World in 10½ Chapters - are not really novels, they are stylised essays in which Barnes excels at smoothing the world into knowing aphorism and smart general...

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Publishers Weekly

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Novelist Barnes's latest collection of haute musings on France and things French is rather like a ride in a creaky Citroën: at first, it kicks and gurgles in a scattered path, but once it gets started, it's a charming and nostalgic way to view la belle France.

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Star Tribune

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British author Julian Barnes has titled his collection of essays about France "Something to Declare."

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