Angela merkel on the noise of time ive read a book on shostakovich by julian barnes also in connection with a performance of lady macbeth of mtsensk which i attended a while ago in salzburg. When i was about halfway through the noise of time a friend who has served as the artistic director of opera of a well known school and is intimately familiar with shostakovichs works asked whom do you think julian barnes wrote this book for you or me. The noise of time by julian barnes 201 pp alfred a knopf 2595 its risky business to speak for the dead in the terrible case of dmitri shostakovich the temptation is strong because history in the form of stalin didnt allow the composer to speak for himself of course theres the . julian barnes the noise of time the last julian barnes i read was the sense of an ending which seemed to float perfectly as a short novel the prose was as delicate smooth and perfect as rosette frosting. The noise of time review julian barness masterpiece shostakovichs battle with his conscience is explored in a magnificent fictionalised retelling of the composers life under stalin alex preston
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