Author(s): Julian Barnes
Beginning with an unlikely stowaway's account of life on board Noah's Ark, A History of the World in 10Ã¯Â¿Â½ Chapters presents a surprising, subversive, fictional history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives. Noah disembarks from his ark but he and his Voyage are not forgotten: they are revisited in on other centuries and other climes - by a Victorian spinster mourning her father, by an American astronaut on an obsessive personal mission. We journey to the Titanic, to the Amazon, to the raft of the Medusa, and to an ecclesiastical court in medieval France where a bizarre case is about to begin...This is no ordinary history, but something stranger, a challenge and a delight for the reader's imagination. Ambitious yet accessible, witty and playfully serious, this is the work of a brilliant novelist.
'Funny, ironic, erudite, surprising, and not afraid to take a dive overboard into the depths of sorrow and loss. My novel of the year' Nadime Gordimer
Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, England, England and Arthur and George, and two collections of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.