From the Guy Booker Prize-profitable writer of The Feel of an Ending—a wealthy, witty, revelatory excursion of Belle Époque Paris, by means of the exceptional existence tale of the pioneering health care professional, Samuel Pozzi.

In the summer time of 1885, 3 Frenchmen arrived in London for a couple of days’ highbrow buying groceries: a prince, a depend, and a commoner with an Italian title. In time, every of those males might succeed in a definite stage of renown, however who had been they then and what used to be the importance in their sojourn to England? Answering those questions, Julian Barnes unfurls the tales in their lives which play out towards the backdrop of the Belle Époque in Paris. Our information via this international is Samuel Pozzi, the society physician, unfastened-philosopher and Guy of technology with a famously sophisticated non-public existence who used to be the topic of one among John Singer Sargent’s largest pix. On this shiny tapestry of other people (Henry James, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Proust, James Whistler, amongst many others), position, and time, we see no longer simply an epoch of glamour and enjoyment, however, unusually, one among violence, prejudice, and nativism—with extra parallels to our personal age than we would possibly believe. The Guy within the Crimson Coat is, without delay, a recent portrait of the Belle Époque; an illuminating take a look at the longstanding trade of concepts among Britain and France; and a lifetime of a person who lived passionately within the second however whose concepts and achievements had been a long way in advance of his time.