Review by Fernanda Lai
Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape, 2016), pp.
“What if music were treated as words are? If a composer had been a writer instead, how would his text have been treated differently by political state apparatuses? These are the questions raised by Julian Barnes’s latest novel, The Noise of Time, which imaginatively re-tells the life of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich.”