The Noise of Time was shrouded in secrecy when we first announced this event – now it is published we know it is set to be the literary sensation of 2016. Here are some reviewers’ comments:
- ‘Gleaming with intelligence and literary flair…elegantly composed’ (Peter Kemp, the Guardian)
- “Undoubtedly one of Barnes’s best novels, and a great way to start the literary year.” (Sunday Times)
- “A new, short, highly concentrated novel…meditating in brief paragraphs on the art and compromise with power over 50 years in the life of the composer Shostakovich.” (David Sexton Evening Standard)
- ‘He has given us a novel that is powerfully affecting, a condensed masterpiece that traces the lifelong battle of one man’s conscience.’ (Alex Preston, The Guardian):
Drawing on the life of Shostakovich, Barnes has crafted a story of universal significance, a story about compromise, cowardice and courage and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society. To hear him discuss The Noise of Time will be a privilege and a delight not to be missed!