Conversations with Julian Barnes

Edited by Vanessa Guignery
and Ryan Roberts

212 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index

978-1-60473-204-7 Paper $25.00T

Paper, $25.00

"I don't think I have a sentimental side. I'm suspicious of sentimentality. In my experience, sentimentality often goes with cruelty."

Conversations with Julian Barnes collects eighteen interviews, conducted over nearly three decades, by journalists and correspondents throughout the world with the author (b. 1946) of such highly praised novels as Flaubert's Parrot and Arthur & George. The interviews collectively address the entirety of Julian Barnes's varied works and provide readers the most vivid portrait yet of contexts and influences behind his ten novels, his short stories, and his essays. The interviews focus not only on the author's fiction but also on his essays, translations, and pseudonymous writings. Barnes's evolving understanding of the themes developed in his works (history, truth, love, art, and death), his views on the art of the writing process, and the role of authors in contemporary society are also discussed at length.

Vanessa Guignery is assistant professor of British literature at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne and the author of The Fiction of Julian Barnes. Ryan Roberts is a librarian at Lincoln Land Community College. He also maintains the official websites of Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan.

212 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index