Angela merkel on the noise of time ive read a book on shostakovich by julian barnes also in connection with a performance of lady macbeth of mtsensk which i attended a while ago in salzburg. Julian barnes channels shostakovichs inner turmoil under communist blacklisting and coercion. Shostakovichs battle with his conscience is explored in a magnificent fictionalised retelling of the composers life under stalin. Book review the noise of time by julian barnes julian barnes slim but powerful new novel chronicles the difficulties composer dmitri shostakovich suffered under repressive soviet regimes and mourns what is lost when tyrants try to control art. The noise of time is a 2016 novel by english author julian barnes it concerns the life of dmitri shostakovich a russian composer of soviet times references
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