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  • 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...

  • 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 Untouchableby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.95

    One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now he has been unmasked as a... 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...

  • Shroudby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.44

    ? 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...

  • Ghostsby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.44

    ?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...

  • Birchwoodby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 11.44

    Once the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants. One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister. Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too. ? Birchwood... more...

  • The Seaby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2008; US$ 11.44

    ?A masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected? Professor John Sutherland, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2005 When art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he once spent a childhood holiday, he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma. The Grace family had appeared that long-ago summer... more...

  • Athenaby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 10.17

    ?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...