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Two years after the best-selling Arthur & George,Julian Barnes gives us a memoir on mortality that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty, an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for and against and withGod, and at the bloodline whose archivist, following his parents' death, he has become-another realm of mystery, wherein a drawer of mementos and his own memories (not to mention those of his philosopher brother) often fail to connect. There are other ancestors, too: the writers-“most of them dead, and quite a few of them French”-who are his daily companions, supplemented by composers and theologians and scientists whose similar explorations are woven into this account with an exhilarating breadth of intellect and felicity of spirit. Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Ofis a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

Synopsis:

Based on his own memories and those of his philosopher brother, an insightful memoir about the author's family by the author of Arthur & George offers a thoughtful meditation on the inevitability of human mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, and an argument for, against, about, and with God. 35,000 first printing.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and familyas well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is the mostrational thing in the world, how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his ownbloodline, which has become, following his parents' death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be FrightenedOf is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the finaldiagnosis.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Julian Barnes is the author of ten novels, two books of stories, two collections of essays, and a translation of Alphonse Daudet’s In the Land of Pain. His honors include 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 Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307270252
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Author:
Barnes, Julian
Author:
Julian Barnes
Subject:
Social Science : Death & Dying
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Fear of death.
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Authors, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080902
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
243

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
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History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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Product details 243 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307270252 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Based on his own memories and those of his philosopher brother, an insightful memoir about the author's family by the author of Arthur & George offers a thoughtful meditation on the inevitability of human mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, and an argument for, against, about, and with God. 35,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and familyas well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is the mostrational thing in the world, how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his ownbloodline, which has become, following his parents' death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be FrightenedOf is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the finaldiagnosis.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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