A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Category: Book
By (author): Barnes, Julian
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: November 1990
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.95in x 5.10in x 0.65in
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From The Publisher*

It's a hilariously revisionist account of Noah's ark, narrated by a passenger who doesn't appear in Genesis. It's a sneak preview of heaven. It encompasses the stories of a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists and of woodworms tried for blasphemy in sixteenth-century France. It explores the relationship of fact to fabulation and the antagonism between history and love. In short, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters is a grandly ambitious and inventive work of fiction, in the traditions of Joyce and Calvino, from the author of the widely acclaimed Flaubert's Parrot.

Review Quote*"Frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic and a delight to read." Salman Rushdie, Observer

"As A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters progresses and leitmotifs recur, often in comically ingenious combinations, the book becomes increasingly engaging and entertaining.... A playful, witty and entertaining gathering of conjectures by a man to whom ideas are quite clearly crucial." Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times
"It's a book to keep the reader on his toes." The New York Review of Books
Biographical NoteJULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty previous books, for which he received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in France, the Prix Médicis and the Prix Femina, and in 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture; and in Austria, the State Prize for European Literature. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.