Julian Barnes is one of the UK’s best-known contemporary writers. His novel The Sense of an Ending won the Man Booker Prize in 2011, and his most recent, The Noise of Time, is about the life of Dmitry Shostakovich.

As a part of the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction journalist Yuri Saprykin will talk with the British writer Julian Barnes about his relationship with Russian culture, the future of literature in the 21st century and his latest novel, The Noise of Time, which focusses on the life and times of Russian composer Shostakovich.

Visitors to the Fair are invited to join this event on 3rd December 2016 and ask their questions during Q&A session.  

About the AUTHOR

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester, England in 1946 and studied modern languages at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating in 1968. Initially working as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary supplement, Barnes began working as a reviewer and literary editor for the New Statesman and the New Review in 1977.

Barnes has received several awards and honours for his writing, including the 2011 Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending. Three additional novels were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005)). Barnes's other awards include the Somerset Maugham Award (Metroland 1981), Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (FP 1985); Prix Médicis (FP 1986); E. M. Forster Award (American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1986); Gutenberg Prize (1987); Grinzane Cavour Prize (Italy, 1988); and the Prix Femina (Talking It Over 1992).

Barnes was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1988, Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995 and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2004. In 1993 he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation and in 2004 won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious David Cohen Prize for Literature. He received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in 2013 and the 2015 Zinklar Award at the first annual Blixen Ceremony in Copenhagen. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts & Letters elected Barnes as an honorary foreign member. Also in 2016, Barnes was selected as the second recipient of the Siegfried Lenz Prize for his outstanding contributions as a European writer of narrative and essays.

Julian has written numerous novels, short stories, and essays and also translates from French and German. He lives in London. Julian Barnes's new novel The Noise of Time tells a story about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice and human courage, life story of Russian composer – Dmitry Shostakovich and is out in Russia this autumn.