Within the context of English contemporary writing, Julian Barnes has merely deserved one of the most oustanding places. Books such as England, England, have earned him a reputation recognized  all over the world, but specially in Europe. Reviews on his books are translated into several languages (Italian, Russian, French...), showing up to what extent Julian Barnes is known within the literary scene.
    This confirmation of Barnes as one of the best English writers at present, is also shared by myself, who first met Barnes's writing in England, England. I should like to point out a series of factors that made me decide to work on this author.
    First of all, Julian Barnes's writing is undoubtedly full of cleverness. In other words, in his books, Barnes shows a high degree of maturity, of intelligence, specially when attempting to give reasons for his characters' behaviours, as well as when trying to face difficult situations that spring from any particular reason in his novels. We could mention other situations which allow Barnes to make use of his witty techniques, but it will suffice to say that this fact is also considered to be valid in our author's writing by most of the reviewers on, for instance, England, England. Andrew Marr , Ann  Skea , Andro Linklater , John Carey... All this critics consider Barnes to be one of the most witty and elegant writers. Actually, the fact of considering Barnes that way has to do also with the idea held by some people about what literature stands for in England. In other words, not only nowadays, but sometimes looking at earlier periods.
    England remains being an extraordinary source for literature, if we take into account the large amount of English writers whose fame spreads beyond the island: Shakespeare, Chaucer... are examples of this extraordinary England-based literary wave. Questions regarding this matter are to be found in one of the interviews we have included in this page, that written for Booksonline.
    But, at the same time, we may find other opinions disagreeing with what has been said above. It is the case of Lesley Hazleton, who, having interviewed Julian Barnes, has a quite curious impression on this author; the title of the review is useful in considering this critic's point of view: "Julian barnes is just a normal guy". Probably, what the critic thinks about barnes is in no way thought by the English writer. Is Barnes supposed to behave as a Postmodern writer? With regard to this question, Barnes told one interviewer: "I can't say I'm a Postmodern writer because, frankly, I don't think of myself that way2 (See history review).
    It is difficult to define Julian Barnes as a Postmodern writer, because it is also difficult to explain what Postmodernism stands for, actually; no agreement has been made on this fact among contemporary criticism (See Postmodernism article, related to this subject). While A History of the World and Flaubert's Parrot may be included in that category, Metroland or The Porcupine are considered much more realistic. And what about england, England, should be consider the appearance of a new writing? In my opinion, England, England is one of the funniest novels i have ever read. We are to find in this novel a lot of influences, but there are some specially worth mentioning: these are that of  Tom Sharpe, in relation to the humour, and that concerning the French culture, somethin Julian barnes is really fond of. There are several critics that mention Tom Sharpe as


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