Monday, September 25, 2006

The inscrutable Mr Barnes

In The Daily Telegraph, Jasper Rees attempts to uncover the real Julian Barnes.
Of the golden generation of British novelists now within hailing distance of old age, Julian Barnes is much the hardest to pin down. Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan – you know where you are with them, and have done for years.

But the unifying theme of Barnes's work? The through line? If there is such a thing, it's an elegant unknowability, a distaste for the business of sifting through the contents of his own navel.

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