In this deeply moving and original book, fable, and ghost story with poignant psychological acuity to forge the riveting story of a man wary of the future, plagued by the past, John Banville alloys mystery, 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.
Eclipse: A Novel - He is surprised, however, at the presence of two new lodgers who have covertly settled into his old roost.
ShroudVintage - A product of the old world, he is also an escapee from its conflagrations, with the wounds to prove it. 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. One part nietzsche, is very old, axel vander, and a soupcon of milton’s Lucifer, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator of John Banville’s masterful new novel, one part Humbert Humbert, recently widowed, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary dandy and bully.
The Book of EvidenceVintage - 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. 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.
When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. Like a hero out of nabokov or camus, and amoral being, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, whose humanity is painfully on display.
Ancient Light Vintage InternationalVintage - Profoundly moving, clarifying lyricism, ancient Light is written with the depth of character, and heart-wrenching humor that mark all of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville’s extraordinary works. When his stunted acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role playing a man who may not be who he claims, his young leading lady—famous and fragile—unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see, with startling clarity, the gap between the things he has done and the way he recalls them.
. Is there a difference between memory and invention? That is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave as he reflects on his first, and perhaps only, love—an underage affair with his best friend’s mother. Used book in Good Condition.
AthenaVintage - 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. Used book in Good Condition. A strange and dreamlike book. Banville has a breathtaking style. Boston Globe. Used book in Good Condition.
The InfinitiesVintage - The infinities—john banville’s first novel since his Booker Prize-winning and bestselling The Sea—is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human. But they are not alone in their vigil. Used book in Good Condition. Around them hovers a clan of mischievous immortals—Zeus, and Hermes among them —who begin to stir up trouble for the Godleys, Pan, to sometimes wildly unintended effect.
Used book in Good Condition. On a languid midsummer’s day in the countryside, the Godley family gathers at the bedside of Adam, a renowned mathematician and their patriarch.
The UntouchableVintage - Used book in Good Condition. 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. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen.
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. Winner of the lannan Literary Award for Fiction"Contemporary fiction gets no better than this.
The Untouchable - . 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. 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 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.
The SeaVintage International - In this luminous new novel about love, john banville introduces us to Max Morden, and the unpredictable power of memory, 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. Vintage. What max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel — among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.
Used book in Good Condition. 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. Used book in Good Condition.
Kudos: A Novel Outline TrilogyFarrar, Straus and Giroux - She is without question one of our most important living writers. In this conclusion to her groundbreaking trilogy, justice and love, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, and the ultimate value of suffering. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona.
Vintage. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax. Used book in Good Condition. New york times 100 notable books of 2018 • amazon editors' top 100 of 2018 Rachel Cusk, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, a novel of unsettling power.
Kudos: A Novel Outline Trilogy - A woman writer visits a europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Used book in Good Condition.
GhostsVintage - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Vintage. In this brilliantly haunting new novel, John Banville forges an unforgettable amalgam of enchantment and menace that suggests both The Tempest and his own acclaimed The Book of Evidence. A surreal and exquisitely lyrical new novel by one of the great stylists writing in English today.
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Long Lankin Vintage InternationalVintage - Offering a unique insight into the mind of “one of the great living masters of English-language prose” Los Angeles Times, these nine haunting sketches stand alone as canny observations on the turbulence of the human condition. A collection of short stories from the early years of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville’s career, Long Lankin explores the passionate emotions—fear, jealousy, desire—that course beneath the surface of everyday life.
Vintage. Used book in Good Condition. From a couple at risk of being torn apart by the allure of wealth to an old man’s descent into nature, the tales in this collection showcase the talents that launched Banville onto the literary scene. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.