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In his first collection of short stories, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they discover, alongside rich food and barbarous sexual and religious practices, is their own ineradicable Englishness. The ten stories that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of intriguing, original, and sometimes ill-fated characters. Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is further evidence of Barnes's wizardry."Barnes is a witty, playful and ironic writer at the top of his form...Cross Channel is in the best sense an artful book."--San Francisco Chronicle"Fluently written, finely observed...delicately patterned."--New York Times

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679767558
ISBN-10: 067976755X
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 132mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 11-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in 1946 and educated in London and Oxford. He worked as a lexicographer on the Oxford English Dictionary, then as a journalist for the New Statesman, the Sunday Times and the Observer. He is the author of eight novels, a collection of essays, a book of short stories, and is the first Englishman to have won both the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina. In 1988 he was made a Chevalier and in 1995 he became an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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