The Book- The Sense of an Ending earned British Novelist Julian Barnes the Man Booker

International Current Affairs 2011. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes' eleventh novel, won him 2011 Man Booker Prize

Created On: Oct 20, 2011 16:18 ISTModified On: Oct 20, 2011 16:29 IST

The Sense of an Ending: Julian Barnes


British novelist Julian Barnes on 18 October 2011 won the Man Booker prize for his novella, The Sense of an Ending. Barnes' eleventh novel, The Sense of an Ending, published by Jonathan Cape, was released on 4 August 2011.


The novel is about a 60-something man forced to confront buried truths about his past after the unexpected arrival of a letter.


The book was hailed by critics as an exquisitemeditation on growing old, the nature of memory and relationships. At 150 pages, The Sense of an Ending is his shortest novel. The judges  mentioned that the book was exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with each reading.


Barnes, one of Britain's most critically acclaimed novelists, was previously nominated for Flaubert's Parrot in 1984, England, England in 1998 and Arthur and George in 2005.


The record for the shortest book ever to win a Booker remains Penelope Fitzgerald's Offshore which won in 1979.

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