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#1 polkadot

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:10

I've been given a book for Christmas called The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes.  It's described as a novel, but I'm a bit confused because some of the reviews I've seen give the impression that it's a serious account of Shostakovich's life.  Has anyone read the book to throw any light on whether any or all of it is true/untrue, and whether any weight can be given to it?


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:20

Has anyone read the book to throw any light on whether any or all of it is true/untrue, and whether any weight can be given to it?

It is classed as literary fiction on the website of a large and well-known mail order company.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:22

I read this book some time ago. Much of it is true, but some has been invented by Barnes to make a dialogue like a novel.

John Suchet did a trilogy of three 'novels' based on the life of Beethoven  (as well as a proper biography of him) , they too are an excellent read. 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:25

Definitely fiction. Good fiction, and some of it rooted in fact, but fiction nonetheless.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:06

Thanks for clarifying :)


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