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From Julian Barnes, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, comes a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career. In Through the Window—which also includes a short story and a special preface from the author—Barnes examines the writers who have shaped his work and considers what fiction is, and what it can do.
Liam Hoare recently reviewed the collection for The Millions, declaring it a “veritable treasure house of letters on novels and their authors.” Praising the clarity and insight present in the book, Hoare goes on to say: “Barnes’s examinations of these authors can’t help but say a little something about the essayist….Through the Window confirms not only this love of England and of France, but of language and literature as well.”
A tribute to readers and writers alike, Through the Window is an essential collection for all who believe, as Barnes writes: “Novels tell us the most truth about life: what it is, how we live it, what it might be for, how we enjoy and value it, and how we lose it.”