The book, at 150 pages, is undoubtedly short, but not the shortest to ever win the prize – that record belongs to Penelope Fitzgerald’sOffshore, which won in 1979 and is shorter by a few hundred words.
The Sense of an Ending, Barnes’ 11th novel, explores memory: how fuzzy it can be and how we amend the past to suit our own wellbeing. It tells the story through the apparently insignificant and dull life of arts administrator Tony Webster.
“One of the things that the book does is talk about the human kind,” said Rimington. “None of us really knows who we are. We present ourselves in all sorts of ways, but maybe the ways we present ourselves are not how we really are.”
Julian Barnes Awarded Man Booker Prize
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