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The Man in the Red Coat

Julian Barnes

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Beschreibung

The Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi.

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOKS AWARDS 2020**
**SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE 2019**

In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days' shopping. One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the third was a commoner with an Italian name, who four years earlier had been the subject of one of John Singer Sargent's greatest portraits. The commoner was Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free-thinker - a rational and scientific man with a famously complicated private life.

Pozzi's life played out against the backdrop of the Parisian Belle Epoque. The beautiful age of glamour and pleasure more often showed its ugly side: hysterical, narcissistic, decadent and violent, a time of rampant prejudice and blood-and-soil nativism, with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine.

The Man in the Red Coat is at once a fresh and original portrait of the Belle Epoque - its heroes and villains, its writers, artists and thinkers - and a life of a man ahead of his time. Witty, surprising and deeply researched, the new book from Julian Barnes illuminates the fruitful and longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and makes a compelling case for keeping that exchange alive.

'An absolute tonic for grey winter days' Evening Standard

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 280
Erscheinungsdatum 07.11.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78733-216-4
Verlag Random House UK Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 21,8/16,9/3,8 cm
Gewicht 877 g
Verkaufsrang 87

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Gift this to to the most culturally sensitive person in your life (apart from yourself)

Nicola Neumann, Thalia-Buchhandlung Erlangen

Julian Barnes seems to be having some sort of second spring this autumn. Fresh from the emotional turmoil of "The only Story" the Barnes pendulum swings literally the other way with this tale of a real life fin-de-siecle aesthete (in a non-Oscar Wildean sense). I treasure Barnes' writing almost as much as that of an anonymous author (later to be revealed as an woman called Jane Austen) with his fine ear(and pen) for the intricacies of human nature and those eloquent pauses between words and phrases who seem to hide so much more than they reveal. This is the sort of book that requires you to have a nap between chapters because each of them carries the richness of a particularly fragrant fruitcake. On the other hand you might just take another sip of Lillet and greedily read on. "The Man in the Red Coat" is the story of Dr. Pozzi, a fashionable Italian Doctor, who, in the company of two other gentlemen, travelled to Paris at the end of the long 19th century to experience the most sophisticated culture known to mankind at the time. Cue some familiar faces(basically everybody ever mentioned in Proust) interspersed with Barnes own take on things(watch for the anecdote on a certain Prince of Wales).

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