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Julian Barnes

A Vision of the World
  • A Vision of the World

  • The first authorised selected collection of the twentieth-century’s most influential short story writer

    SELECTED AND INTRODUCED BY JULIAN BARNES

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, John Cheever – variously referred to as ‘Ovid in Ossining’ and the ‘Chekhov of the suburbs’ – forever altered the landscape of contemporary literature. In a career that spanned nearly fifty years, his short stories, often published in the New Yorker, gave voice to the repressed desires and smouldering disappointments of 1950s America as it teetered on the edge of spiritual awakening and sexual liberation in the ensuing Sixties.

    Up until now, John Cheever’s stories have only been available in Collected Stories, but with Julian Barnes’ selection we have the first fully authorised introduction to Cheever’s work. Satirical, fantastical, sad and transcendent, these are stories that speak directly to the heart of human experience, and remain a testament to the wit and vision of one of the most important and influential short story writers of the twentieth-century.

RELEASED 16/04/2020

Julian Barnes is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur.