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?
Shostakovich - a novel
Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:20
It is classed as literary fiction on the website of a large and well-known mail order company.
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?
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.
Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:25
Definitely fiction. Good fiction, and some of it rooted in fact, but fiction nonetheless.