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Título: Cross Channel-SIGNED & PUBLICATION DATED ...
Editorial: Cape, London
Año de publicación: 1996
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
Edición: First Edition.
Near fine first printing in fine dustwrapper. The book is clean, unmarked and unread but with some very light flecking to top edge. The dustwrapper is complete and unmarked. Signed and publication dated by the author to the title page: 'Julian Barnes 18.i.96' without further inscription. As an enthusiastic collector myself, I make every effort to provide a high level of service. Enquiries welcomed. N° de ref. de la librería 005980
Sinopsis: This is a collection of ten short stories with a linking theme: the British in France through several centuries. It opens with a group of mercenary soldiers engaged in a punitive expedition against a Protestant village in southern France in the late seventeenth century, and closes with a journey on the antiquated Eurostar express to Paris in the year 2015. In between the British appear in their various guises: as railway-builders in the 1840s, vineyard-owners at the turn of the century, artistic exiles in the 1920s. There is a story (based upon fact) about the departure of an English cricket team to play the Gentlemen of France in 1789; one about a literary conference in the Massif Central which may or may not have taken place; one about a Tour de France cyclist. The stories are designed to play off one another and work exploring the British fascination with France, our various and mixed reasons for being there, and our sometimes ambiguous reception.
"Wonderfully ironic, perceptive and at times tender... Barnes has created something unique in his work, a particular way of looking at life, at words, at relationships, which is the mark of every true stylist" ( Financial Times)
"His writing demonstrates the billowing lightness of imagination... reading these stories, you perceive and love France afresh... Cross Channel is characterised by the intelligence, irony and wit you associate with his writing, but it is also suffused with feeling, deeply seasoned with affection" ( Independent)
"A glittering collection of stories... His marvellously supple and exact prose is matched with subjects that powerfully stir his creativity... It's impossible to imagine a fictional panorama of Britain's long relationship with France realized with more cordial understanding" ( Sunday Times)
"Love, sex, art, literature, wars, religion, wine, spirit, the steam engine and, yes, Eurostar: they are all there. All the emotions, attitudes, pursuits and endeavours that typically seem to link Britain to France feature in the first collection of short stories by Julian Barnes...A delightful book" ( European)
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