The Book of Evidence Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - John banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. Freddie montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. Like a hero out of nabokov or camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, and amoral being, self-aware, whose humanity is painfully on display.
That pursuit leads to murder. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. And here is his attempt to present evidence, but of his life, not of his innocence, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could.
Athena Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a mesmerizing novel that is both a literary thriller and a love story as sumptuously perverse as Lolita. A strange and dreamlike book. Banville has a breathtaking style. Boston Globe.
The Untouchable Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - But at whose instigation?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. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen.
Banville's books teem with life and humor. Patrick mcgrath, the new york Times Book Review"Victor Maskell is one of the great characters in recent fiction. Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjected to a disgrace that is almost a kind of death. Beautifully written, filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskell's co-conspirators, and vibrant with the mysteries of loyalty and identity, The Untouchable places John Banville in the select company of both Conrad and le Carre.
The Untouchable Vintage International #ad - Winner of the lannan Literary Award for Fiction"Contemporary fiction gets no better than this. 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 untouchable is the best work of art in any medium on its subject.
Washington post book world"as remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland; Joyce and Beckett notwithstanding.
Ancient LightVintage #ad - The man booker prize-winning author of the sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives. Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville’s extraordinary works.
. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today. This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. And of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. And it is the question that haunts alexander cleave, fifteen years old, thrilling, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, as he plumbs the memories of his first—and perhaps only—love he, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, the woman more than twice his age, devouring and finally devastating .
Ancient Light #ad - . When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady—famous and fragile—unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the “chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done.
Ancient light is a profoundly moving meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man.
The Sea Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. In this luminous new novel about love, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, loss, 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.
What max comes to understand about the past, is at the center of this elegiac, and about its indelible effects on him, gorgeously written novel — among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.
Eclipse: A Novel Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - And he is soon overwhelmed by how they, tenuous marriage, compel him to confront the clutter that has become his life: ruined career, coupled with an onslaught of disturbing memories, and troubled relationship with an estranged daughter destined for doom. In this deeply moving and original book, plagued by the past, fable, John Banville alloys mystery, and ghost story with poignant psychological acuity to forge the riveting story of a man wary of the future, 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 large house with his widowed mother and various itinerant lodgers, he encountered a strikingly vivid ghost of his father. He is surprised, however, at the presence of two new lodgers who have covertly settled into his old roost. Now that he’s fifty and has returned to his boyhood home to recover from a nervous breakdown on stage, he is not surprised to find the place still haunted.
Mrs. Osmond: A novelVintage #ad - Osmond, john banville continues the story of Isabel Archer, the young protagonist of Henry James’s beloved The Portrait of a Lady. Eager but naïve, unforeseen inheritance and marries the charming, penniless, in James’s novel Isabel comes into a large, and—as Isabel finds out too late—cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond.
A masterly novel of betrayal, and moral ambiguity, corruption, Mrs. Here banville imagines isabel’s second chapter telling the story of a woman reawakened by grief and the knowledge that she has been grievously wronged, and determined to resume her quest for freedom and independence. In Mrs. Osmond would have thrilled James himself.
Shroud Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Is her purpose to destroy vander or to save him—or simply to show him what lies beneath the shroud in which he has wrapped his life? A splendidly moving exploration of identity, duplicity, and desire, Shroud is Banville’s most rapturous performance to date. Now those lies have been unraveled by a mysterious young woman whom Vander calls “Miss Nemesis.
They are to meet in Turin, a city best known for its enigmatic shroud. And everything about him is a lie. A product of the old world, he is also an escapee from its conflagrations, with the wounds to prove it. One part nietzsche, recently widowed, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator of John Banville’s masterful new novel, Axel Vander, is very old, and a soupcon of Milton’s Lucifer, one part Humbert Humbert, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary dandy and bully.
The Blue Guitar: A novel Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - You could hang me over the door of a pawnshop”, is a painter of some renown and a petty thief who has never before been caught and steals only for pleasure. Both art and the art of thievery have been part of his “endless effort at possession, ” but now he’s pushing fifty, feels like a hundred, and things have not been going so well.
Trying to uncover in himself the answer to how and why things have turned out as they have, Olly reveals the very essence of a man who, and of the way he has apprehended the world around him “one of my eyes is forever turning towards the world beyond”, in some way, of places he has called home, excavating memories of family, has always been waiting to be rescued from himself.
The fact that the purloined possession was the wife of the man who was, his home, his best friend has compelled him to run away—from his mistress, perhaps, his wife; from whatever remains of his impulse to paint; and from a tragedy that has long haunted him—and to sequester himself in the house where he was born.
An absurdity. John banville, the man booker prize–winning author of the sea and ancient Light, and about the ways in which we learn to possess one another, about theft, and shattering—about the intricacies of artistic creation, now gives us a new novel—at once trenchant, witty, and to hold on to ourselves.
The Blue Guitar: A novel Vintage International #ad - Equally self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, our narrator, Oliver Otway Orme “O O O. And his last act of thievery—the last time he felt its “secret shiver of bliss”—has been discovered. Having recognized the “man-killing crevasse” that exists between what he sees and any representation he might make of it, he has stopped painting.
Time Pieces: A Dublin MemoirKnopf #ad - And though, penned as benjamin black, and the city became a frequent backdrop for his dissatisfactions not playing an identifiable role in his work until the Quirke mystery series, when he came of age and took up residence there, it remained in some part of his memory as fascinating as it had been to his seven-year-old self.
From the internationally acclaimed and man booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and the Benjamin Black mysteries--a vividly evocative memoir that unfolds around the author's recollections, experience, and imaginings of Dublin. As much about the life of the city as it is about a life lived, emotionally rich, in the city, witty, sometimes, John Banville's "quasi-memoir" is as layered, and unexpected as any of his novels.
Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir #ad - Born and bred in a small town a train ride away from Dublin, Banville saw the city as a place of enchantment when he was a child, the place where his beloved, a birthday treat, eccentric aunt lived. And as he guides us around the city, political, and social history, delighting in its cultural, architectural, he interweaves the memories that are attached to particular places and moments.
The result is both a wonderfully idiosyncratic tour of Dublin, and a tender yet powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man.