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$15.00 US
5.15"W x 7.9"H x 0.55"D   | 7 oz | 24 per carton
On sale Feb 11, 1997 | 224 Pages | 978-0-679-76755-8
From the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, his first collection of short stories explores the vast divide between England and France. • “A witty, playful and ironic writer at the top of his form." —San Francisco Chronicle

In this collection, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity, humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they discover, alongside rich food and barbarous sexual and religious practices, is their own ineradicable Englishness. The ten stories that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of intriguing, original, and sometimes ill-fated characters.

Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is further evidence of Barnes's wizardry.
"Barnes is a witty, playful and ironic writer at the top of his form ... Cross Channel is in the best sense an artful book." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Fluently written, finely observed ... delicately patterned." —The New York Times
© Marzena Pogorzaly
JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty-four previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Médicis and Prix Femina in France, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in London. View titles by Julian Barnes

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From the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, his first collection of short stories explores the vast divide between England and France. • “A witty, playful and ironic writer at the top of his form." —San Francisco Chronicle

In this collection, Barnes explores the narrow body of water containing the vast sea of prejudice and misapprehension which lies between England and France with acuity, humor, and compassion. For whether Barnes's English characters come to France as conquerors or hostages, laborers, athletes, or aesthetes, what they discover, alongside rich food and barbarous sexual and religious practices, is their own ineradicable Englishness. The ten stories that make up Cross Channel introduce us to a plethora of intriguing, original, and sometimes ill-fated characters.

Elegantly conceived and seductively written, Cross Channel is further evidence of Barnes's wizardry.

Praise

"Barnes is a witty, playful and ironic writer at the top of his form ... Cross Channel is in the best sense an artful book." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Fluently written, finely observed ... delicately patterned." —The New York Times

Author

© Marzena Pogorzaly
JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty-four previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Médicis and Prix Femina in France, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in London. View titles by Julian Barnes

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