Since 1980, Julian Barnes has made a name for himself as one of the best British novelists of his generation, a group that also includes Martin Amis and Ian McEwan. His work is distinguished by its intelligence and wit; its ready willingness to deal with important themes; and its versatility. Even aside from his detective novels, Barnes’s works demonstrate a continual freshness. In scope, they range from a professed history of the world to the story of a man seeking the original parrot owned by Flaubert while he wrote one of his stories (these two books, Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, are probably his best known), though since he investigates the vagaries of the human heart …

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Citation: Moseley, Merritt. "Julian Barnes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2001; last revised 29 October 2018. [, accessed 01 June 2023.]

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