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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$ 15.00

    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$ 8.74

    ?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...

  • The Untouchableby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2009; US$ 6.56

    ? 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$ 9.84

    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...

  • The Infinitiesby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2010; US$ 9.84

    ?This is unequivocally a work of brilliance.? Justin Cartwright, Spectator Old Adam Godley?s time on earth is drawing to an end, and as his wife and children gather at the family home, little do they realize that they are not the only ones who have come to observe the spectacle. The mischievous Greek gods, too, have come; as tensions fray and... more...

  • Mefistoby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.84

    Is there a numerical solution to the quest for the meaning of life? A brilliant reworking of the classic Dr Faustus theme, Mefisto focuses on the mathematically gifted Gabriel Swan, who seeks a numerical solution to his quest for order and meaning in life. ? Mefisto renders all superlatives woefully inadequate . . . Undisputed master of language,... more...