Something to Declare

Something to Declare by Julian Barnes Something to Declare by Julian Barnes

Anyone who loves France (or just feels strongly about it), or has succumbed to the spell of Julian Barnes's previous books, will be enraptured by this collection of essays on the country and its culture.

Barnes's appreciation extends from France's vanishing peasantry to its hyper-literate pop singers, from the gleeful iconoclasm of nouvelle vague cinema to the orgy of drugs and suffering that is the Tour de France. Above all, Barnes is an unparalleled connoisseur of French writing and writers. Here are the prolific and priapic Simenon, Baudelaire, Sand and Sartre, and several dazzling excursions on the prickly genius of Flaubert. Lively yet discriminating in its enthusiasm, seemingly infinite in its range of reference, and written in prose as stylish as haute couture, Something to Declare is an unadulterated joy.

"Beautifully written and sensitively and intelligently translated." -The Times

"An extended love letter to the French from one of England's sharpest literary novelists." -Andrew Biswell, Scotland on Sunday



NOTE: When possible, editions are linked to entries in the online Julian Barnes Bibliography. These entries feature multiple images of the book and additional bibliographic details.
English Editions

Something to Declare. London: Picador, 2002. £8.99

Something to Declare. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2002. $27.95

Something to Declare. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. $25.00

Something to Declare. New York: Vintage Books, 2003. Pp.295

Translated Editions

German - Tour de France. Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2003. Pp. 304. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 9783462033052.

French - Quelque chose á déclarer. Collection Bibliothéque étrangère, Mercure de France, 2003. Pp. 432. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 2715223471.

Dutch - Iets aan te geven? Amsterdam/Antwerpen: Uitgeverij Atlas, 2003. Pp. 254 [1] Translated by Marijke Versluys and Babet Mossel.

Hebrew - Mashehu le-hatshir. Israel: Zemorah-Bitan, 2003. Pp. 328. Translated by Sarah Ripin.

Turkish - Bir Çift Söz. Istanbul: Ayrinti Yayinlari, 2004. Pp. 313. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kirkoglu.


01/20/2002 - Channel Hopping - Alan Taylor, The Herald (UK) [Review and interview.]

01/18/2002 - Barnes and France: Love Requited - Alex Webb, BBC Online: Arts

01/16/2002 - You ask the questions: Julian Barnes - Independent [Q & A from readers]

01/13/2002 - Shelf life: Julian Barnes - Scotland on Sunday [Q & A with Barnes]


01/01/2003 - The Very Best Volumes of 2002 - Alain de Botton, Manchester Guardian Weekly p.15
[Something to Declare selected as one of his books of the year.]

12/22/2002 - Two Carolines Stand Out in French-Loving Brit's 17 Essays - Roland Champagne, St. Louis Post-Dispatch p.G11

12/10/2002 - Book of the Week: Something to Declare - Shirley Saad, United Press International

11/20/2002 - Something to Declare - Jay Goldin, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

10/13/2002 - Flaubert, Not Surprisingly, Stars Again - Colin Walters, The Washington Times p.B6

10/06/2002 - There's Something about France (Q & A: Julian Barnes) - Regan McMahon, San Francisco Chronicle p.2

10/06/2002 - Tour de France - Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review p.25

09/30/2002 - Toronto Has Moved by Degrees Closer to Paris - David Macfarlane, Globe & Mail (Toronto) p.R3

09/15/2002 - Something To Declare - Ogla B Wise, Library Journal (127.15) p.83

09/15/2002 - Something to Declare: Essays on France - Brad Hooper, Booklist (99.2) p.202

08/05/2002 - Something to Declare - Jeff Zaleski, Publishers Weekly (249.31) p.61

08/2002 - A Francophile on France - Geoffrey Heptonstall, Contemporary Review p.116+

07/15/2002 - Something to Declare - Kirkus Reviews (70.14) p.1002

04/20/2002 - In the Name of Amour for All Things French - Evelyn Juers, Sydney Morning Herald p.11

04/20/2002 - French Dressing, Merci - David Matthews, The Weekend Australian p.R8

04/13/2002 - A Generous Aperitif, Followed by Flaubert - Aida Edemariam, National Post (Books) p.2

03/09/2002 - Son of Flaubert - Don Gillmor, Globe & Mail (Toronto) p.D5

Winter/2001 - Mon semblable, mon frère - Jonathan Barnes, Areté Magazine (7) p.123-128

02/03/2002 - Something to Declare - Andrew Biswell, Scotland on Sunday p.13

02/02/2002 - Pursuing the F-word in France - Anne Haverty, The Irish Times p.57

02/01/2002 - Monsieur Barnes Crosses the Channel - Gillian Tindall, TLS

JAN/FEB 2002 - A Distant, Receding Coastline - Ryan Roberts, Julian Barnes Website

01/2002 - New Book of The Month - Alex Stewart, Stanfords Maps and Books

01/26/2002 - Everything begins at Calais - Alberto Manguel, The Spectator p.46

01/24/2002 - Flaccid French Letters - Tim King, Prospect

01/23/2002 - Something to Declare - Time Out p.54

01/21/2002 - Endless fast food for thought - Eric Griffiths, The Evening Standard (London) p.51
[Online as: "Barnes's faulty French fancy."]

01/20/2002 - Channel Hopping - Alan Taylor, The Herald (UK)
[Review and interview.]

01/19/2002 - France without Finesse - Ashok Adicéam, The Scotsman

01/19/2002 - In Full Feather - Hilary Spurling, The Daily Telegraph p.3

01/19/2002 - Not Just Parroting Flaubert - Henry Hitchings, Financial Times p.5

01/18/2002 - Barnes Storming - Morgan Falconer, The Highbury & Islington Express

01/18/2002 - Barnes' Declaration of Love - Alex Webb, BBC Online: Reviews

01/14/2002 - Le vrai Barnes - Nick Clarke, New Statesman

01/06/2002 - Citizen of the Ancien Regime - George Walden, Sunday Telegraph (London) p.12

01/06/2002 - New Gauls, Please - Jason Cowley, The Observer p.15
[Reprinted in the Manchester Guardian Weekly, 29 January 2002 p.17]

01/05/2002 - All aboard the Eurostar - Geoff Dyer, Guardian p.8

12/30/2001 - The French Master - Alain De Botton, The Sunday Times (London)

French Translation
Special thanks to Vanessa Guignery

03/2004 - Le Tour de France de Julian Barnes - Minh Tran Huy, Magazine littéraire (429) p.87-88

03/2004 - Le Petit-fils anglais de Flaubert - Pierre-Marc De Biasi, Magazine littéraire (429) p.88

01/16/2004 - Julian Barnes et l' "exquise ennemie" - Florence Noiville, Le Monde des livres p.III

01/10/2004 - Quelque chose à déclarer de Julian Barnes - Eric Neuhoff, Madame Figaro p.43

01/09/2004 - Mister Barnes, I presume? - Jean-Paul Enthoven, Le Point p.108-110

01/08/2004 - La France selon Barnes - Jérôme Garcin, Le Nouvel Observateur p.86-87

01/08/2004 - Ne pleurez pas Milord - Angelo Rinaldi, Figaro littéraire p.1

01/03/2004 - Julian Barnes - André Clavel, Le Temps

12/27/2003 - Julian Barnes La France ne devrait pas douter d'elle-meme. - Le Figaro [Interview]

02/2003 - Quelque chose à déclarer de Julian Barnes - Vanessa Guignery, Site Centre Gustave Flaubert Débats critiques.

Dutch Translation

02/13/2002 - Overspelig patriottisme - Jeroen Overstijns, Tijd Nieuwslijn

08/18/2001 - Francofiel - Gerry van der List, Elsevier