Examines the attempts of an increasingly bemused researcher to establish certain facts about a famous French novelist and the stuffed bird which used to sit on his desk. This book blends fact and fiction in a virtuoso kaleidoscope of vignettes from Noah's time to the present.
Julian Barnes's numerous novels include Metroland, England, England and Arthur and George. He has also published three collections of short stories, several books of essays and a translation of Alphonse Daudet's In the Land of Pain. Amongst his many awards are the Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettresby the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.