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Author Barnes, Julian, author.

Title The noise of time / Julian Barnes.

Edition First United States edition.
Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
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 95th Street Adult Fiction  F BARNES    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Fiction  F BARNES    AVAILABLE
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Description xi, 201 pages ; 20 cm
Summary "A compact masterpiece dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich--Julian Barnes's first novel since his best-selling, Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending. 1936: Shostakovich, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, shot dead on the spot), he reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, various women and wives, his children all of those hanging in the balance of his fate. And though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, for years to come he will be held fast under the thumb of despotism: made to represent Soviet values at a cultural conference in New York City, forced into joining the Party, and compelled, constantly, to weigh appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music. Barnes elegantly guides us through the trajectory of Shostakovich's career, at the same time illuminating the tumultuous evolution of the Soviet Union. The result is both a stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Shostakovich, Dmitri Dmitrievich, 1906-1975 -- Fiction.
Composers -- Soviet Union -- Fiction.
Nationalism and communism -- Fiction.
Communism and society -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- Fiction.
Genre Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
ISBN 9781101947241 (hardcover)
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