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  • Shroudby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    One part Nietzsche, one part Humbert Humbert, and a soupcon of Milton?s Lucifer, Axel Vander, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator of John Banville?s masterful new novel, is very old, recently widowed, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary dandy and bully. A product of the Old World, he is also an escapee from its conflagrations, with... more...

  • The Seaby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled... more...

  • Eclipseby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    In this deeply moving and original book, John Banville alloys mystery, fable, and ghost story with poignant psychological acuity to forge the riveting story of a man wary of the future, plagued by the past, and so uncertain in the present that he cannot discern the spectral from the real. When renowned actor Alexander Cleave was a boy living in a... more...

  • The Untouchableby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    As Maskell retraces his tortuous path from his recruitment at Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment, we discover a figure of manifold doubleness: Irishman and Englishman; husband, father, and lover of men; betrayer and dupe. Beautifully written, filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskell's co-conspirators, and vibrant... more...

  • Birchwoodby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 12.95

    An early classic from the Man Booker-prize winning author of The Sea . I am therefore I think . So starts John Banville?s 1973 novel Birchwood , a novel that centers around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and despair. Delving deep into family secrets?a... more...

  • Athenaby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 10.36

    ?Sleek, beautiful, breathtakingly cunning prose? Sunday Times Morrow ? a clerkish, middle-aged type encumbered with a chain-smoking dying aunt and a considerable talent for wallowing ? is at a loose end when, on two separate occasions, he is beckoned up the stairs of an empty Dublin house. The first is an offer of dubious work, and Morrow soon... more...

  • Shroudby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.66

    ? Shroud will not be easily surpassed for its combination of wit, moral complexity and compassion. It is hard to see what more a novel could do? Irish Times Axel Vander, distinguished intellectual and elderly academic, is not the man he seems. When a letter arrives out of the blue, threatening to unveil his secrets ? and carefully concealed... more...

  • The Untouchableby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2009; US$ 12.95

    ? The Untouchable is an engrossing, exquisitely written and almost bewilderingly smart book . . . It?s the fullest book I?ve read in a very long time, utterly accomplished, thoroughly readable, written by a novelist of vast talent? Richard Ford Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons and the hasty revelation of his... more...

  • Eclipseby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.66

    Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home. He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human. Memories, anxiety for the future and more particularly for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract... more...

  • Ghostsby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.66

    ?A beautiful, beguiling book full of resonances that continue to sound long after you?ve turned the final page. Its imagining is magical, its execution dazzlingly skilful.? Sunday Tribune Ghosts opens with a shipwreck, leaving a party of sightseers temporarily marooned on an island. The stranded castaways make their way towards the refuge of... more...