Memoir of painful loss powerfully wrought

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. Jonathan Cape, €13.85. Reviewed by Nadine O'Regan.

13th April, 2013
Julian Barnes and the late Pat Kavanagh: each paragraph of Levels of Life is a finely judged prose poem, an acid delivery of brightly wattaged pain. Photo: Camerapress

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes


I remember the death of Julian Barnes's wife Pat Kavanagh in 2008. Even then, not knowing them at all, it struck me as a huge loss for the world-renowned novelist - I had interviewed Barnes twice, he was a lovely, sharp, engaging presence, and anyone in the literary world knew how much he adored his wife.

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