Julian Barnes Pays Tribute to Shostakovich

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Composer Dmitri Shostakovich in the 1940s.

Man Booker prize-winning author Julian Barnes discusses his most recent novel, The Noise of Timewhich is dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It tells the story of his life beginning in 1936, when Shostakovich, at age 30, faced exile or execution after his opera attracted Stalin's attention. Although he manages to avoid prison and death, his life and career is forever shaped by Soviet politics and culture.