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John Banville - Author

About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970. His other books are Nightspawn, Birchwood, Doctor Copernicus (which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976), Kepler (which was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1981), The Newton Letter (which was filmed for Channel 4), Mefisto, The Book of Evidence (shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize and winner of the 1998 Guinness Peat Aviation Award), Ghosts, Athena, The Untouchable, Eclipse and Shroud. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.

 

Featured books by John Banville

The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

Author: John Banville Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Adultery is always put in terms of thieving. But we were happy together, simply happy. Oliver Orme used to be a painter, well known and well rewarded, but the muse has deserted him. He is also, as he confesses, a petty thief; he does not steal for gain, but for the thrill of it. His worst theft is Polly, the wife of his friend Marcus, with whom he has had an affair. When the affair is discovered, Oliver hides himself away in his childhood home. From here he tells the story of a year, from one autumn to the next. Many surprises and shocks await him, and by the end of his story, he will be forced to face himself and seek a road towards redemption

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Ancient Light

Ancient Light

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

'Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother.' In a small town in 1950s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman - in the back of her car on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons. Unsure why she has chosen him, he becomes obsessed and tormented by this first love. Half a century later, actor Alexander Cleave - grieving for the recent loss of his daughter - recalls these trysts, trying to make sense of the boy he was and of the needs and frailties of the human heart.

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Other books by John Banville

Im Lichte der Vergangenheit

Im Lichte der Vergangenheit

Author: John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

"e;Billy Gray war mein bester Freund, und seine Mutter war meine erste Liebe."e;Ein Roman ber eine ungewhnliche und verbotene erste Liebe, ber Freundschaft, Trauer und das Weiterleben. Und eine Geschichte von Erinnerung und Einbildung, Gedchtnis und Wahrheit.Alex Cleave hat seine besten Jahre als Schauspieler hinter sich, er trauert noch immer um seine Tochter Cass, die zehn Jahre zuvor Selbstmord begangen hat, und auch die Beziehung zu seiner Frau Lydia ist nicht mehr von Leidenschaft geprgt. Da bekommt er das Angebot, die Hauptrolle in einem Film ber den mysterisen Kritiker Axel Vander zu spielen - und ahnt nicht, wie viel diese Figur mit ihm selbst zu tun hat. Er versinkt in Erinnerungen an den Sommer, in dem er als 15-Jhriger die Liebe entdeckte - mit der Mutter seines besten Freundes Billy Gray - und an dessen Ende die Familie Gray die Stadt verlie Bald muss er sich fragen, was Erinnerung ist und was Erfindung - um am Ende eine Entdeckung zu machen, die alles verndert.John Banville, dessen erstrangiges literarisches Werk weltweit von der Kritik gefeiert wird und der international mehrfach ausgezeichnet wurde, zuletzt mit dem Franz-Kafka-Literaturpreis und dem sterreichischen Staatspreis, erweist sich in diesem Roman einmal mehr als Meister der poetischen und klugen Reflexionen ber Erotik, Freundschaft und Verlust. Ein Roman, der den Leser mitnimmt auf eine Reise durch die Ungewissheit.

Ancient Light

Ancient Light

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

'Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother.' In a small town in 1950s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman - in the back of her car on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons. Unsure why she has chosen him, he becomes obsessed and tormented by this first love. Half a century later, actor Alexander Cleave - grieving for the recent loss of his daughter - recalls these trysts, trying to make sense of the boy he was and of the needs and frailties of the human heart.

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Best European Fiction

Best European Fiction

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2012

Ancient Light

Ancient Light

Author: John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

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. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his firstand perhaps onlylove (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. 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 ladyfamous and fragileunwittingly 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. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today.

Anatomy of a Short Story Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs and Symbols

Anatomy of a Short Story Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs and Symbols

Author: John Banville, Yuri Leving Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2012

Since its first publication in 1948, one of Vladimir Nabokov's shortest short stories, Signs and Symbols, has generated perhaps more interpretations and critical appraisal than any other that he wrote. It has been called one of the greatest short stories ever written and a triumph of economy and force, minute realism and shimmering mystery (Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years). Part and parcel of a classical short fiction genre, Nabokov's Signs and Symbols --one of his last experiments in short prose--strikes with lexical density and contains a surprising structural element: what the writer had described in his letter to Katharine White, the editor of the New Yorker, as having an inside, inner scheme, and a system of mute responses . The goal of the present collection of essays is to approach the narrative riddles of Signs and Symbols -- reproduced here in full -- an open-ended story which invites attempts to break its mysterious code. In doing so, the contributors illuminate the ways in which we interpret fiction, and the short story in particular.

Anatomy of a Short Story Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs and Symbols

Anatomy of a Short Story Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, Signs and Symbols

Author: John Banville, Yuri Leving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2012

Since its first publication in 1948, one of Vladimir Nabokov's shortest short stories, Signs and Symbols, has generated perhaps more interpretations and critical appraisal than any other that he wrote. It has been called one of the greatest short stories ever written and a triumph of economy and force, minute realism and shimmering mystery (Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years). Part and parcel of a classical short fiction genre, Nabokov's Signs and Symbols --one of his last experiments in short prose--strikes with lexical density and contains a surprising structural element: what the writer had described in his letter to Katharine White, the editor of the New Yorker, as having an inside, inner scheme, and a system of mute responses . The goal of the present collection of essays is to approach the narrative riddles of Signs and Symbols -- reproduced here in full -- an open-ended story which invites attempts to break its mysterious code. In doing so, the contributors illuminate the ways in which we interpret fiction, and the short story in particular.

Unendlichkeiten

Unendlichkeiten

Author: John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 16/02/2012

"e;Banville uberrascht erneut mit wohldosiertem Uberma."e; Seamus HeaneyEin langer Sommertag in einem Herrenhaus in Irland: Adam Godley liegt im Sterben, Grund genug fr seinen Sohn Adam jun. und seine Tochter Petra, Ressentiments ber Bord zu werfen und ihren Vater und ihre erheblich jngere Mutter Ursula noch einmal zu besuchen. Was die Godleys nicht wissen: Ihr Familientreffen wird von den Gttern beobachtet, die sich nicht scheuen, korrigierend und bisweilen boshaft einzugreifen. Adam Godley, ein bekannter Mathematiker, der sich mit dem Konzept der Unendlichkeit einen Namen gemacht hat, scheint am Ende seines Lebens angekommen zu sein. Whrend er stumm und dennoch wach in seinem Bett liegt, treffen seine Kinder ein, um ihn noch einmal zu sehen. Da ist sein Sohn Adam, der ihm nie das Wasser reichen konnte und bis heute an der Ablehnung durch seinen Vater leidet, sowie die unglckliche und verstrte Tochter Petra, die die Namen von Krankheiten sammelt, um daraus einen Almanach zu erstellen. Erzhlt wird der Roman von niemand Geringerem als Hermes, doch auch Zeus und Pan sind mit von der Partie. Sie lassen es sich nicht nehmen, in das Leben der Sterblichen einzugreifen, mal untersttzend, mal verwirrend und spttisch.John Banville hat einen Roman geschrieben, in dem lyrische Passagen auf profane treffen und die Gtter auf die Menschen. Ein tiefer Einblick in die Schwchen des menschlichen Daseins. "e;Der Roman enthlt alle Markenzeichen, die Banville gro gemacht haben - przise Sprache, flssige Erzhlweise und einen hintergrndigen Humor."e; (Sunday Times)"e;Sein bestes Buch"e; (Colum McCann)

Die See

Die See

Author: John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2012

Man Booker Prize 2005 fur den Roman Die See Der Kunsthistoriker Max Morden flieht in das Haus am Meer, wo er als Kind aufregende Ferientage verbrachte. Indem er sich die damaligen Erlebnisse vergegenwartigt, um mit dem Verlust seiner Frau fertig zu werden, werden jedoch auch alte Wunden aufgerissen. Alles hangt miteinander zusammen. Anna und der Kunsthistoriker Max sind glcklich verheiratet, als sie erfahren, dass Anna unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt ist und nicht mehr lange leben wird. Nach ihrem Tod flchtet Max ans Meer, in den Ort, in dem er als Kind aufregende Sommer verlebte. Damals lernte er die unkonventionelle Familie Grace kennen mit ihrem Zwillingspaar Myles und Chloe. Mrs. Grace zieht den jungen Max magisch an und erweckt eine groe Sehnsucht in ihm. Indem sich Max fast manisch erinnert, an seine erwachende Sexualitt in diesem Sommer, an seine erotischen Phantasien und die sptere Liebe zu Chloe, an seine glckliche Zeit mit Anna und ihre letzten Tage im Krankenhaus, versucht er, sich mit dem erlittenen Verlust zu vershnen.

Birchwood

Birchwood

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2010

Told with lyrical prose, John Banville's Birchwood is the elegiac story of the aristocratic decline of an eccentric family riddled with dark secrets. 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.

Mefisto

Mefisto

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2010

Is there a numerical solution to the quest for the meaning of life? A brilliant reworking of the classic Dr Faustus theme by Booker Prize-winning author John Banville, Mefisto focuses on the mathematically gifted Gabriel Swan, who seeks a numerical solution to his quest for order and meaning in life. With characteristic wit and mesmeric prose, John Banville's richly imagined novel, Mefisto, is an ode to philosophy, beauty, and identity.

The Infinities

The Infinities

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2010

`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 desire bubbles over, their spying soon becomes intrusion becomes intervention, until the mortals' lives - right before their eyes - seem to be changing faster than they can cope with. Overflowing with bawdy humour, John Banville has allowed his twinkling eye to rove through memories of the past and relationships of the present in this moving family drama. The Infinities is both a salacious delight and a penetrating exploration of the terrifying, wonderful, immutable plight of being human.

Infinities

Infinities

Author: John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2010

On a languid midsummers day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petras young manvery likely more interested in the father than the daughterwho has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit.But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortalsamong them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adams wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: We too are petty and vindictive, he tells us, just like you, when we are put to it. As old Adams days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being humana dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.From the Hardcover edition.

Sea

Sea

Author: John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2007

The author of The Untouchable (contemporary fiction gets no better than thisPatrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review) now gives us a luminous novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory.The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wifes death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a childa retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. The seductive mother; the imperious father; the twinsChloe, fiery and forthright, and Myles, silent and expressionlessin whose mysterious connection Max became profoundly entangled, each of them a part of the barely bearable raw immediacy of his childhood memories. Interwoven with this story are Mordens memories of his wife, Annaof their life together, of her deathand the moments, both significant and mundane, that make up his life now: his relationship with his grown daughter, Claire, desperate to pull him from his grief; and with the other boarders at the house where he is staying, where the past beats inside him like a second heart.What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, vividly dramatic, beautifully written novelamong the finest we have had from this extraordinary writer.From the Hardcover edition.

Shroud

Shroud

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2003

`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 Dark secrets and reality unravel in Shroud, the second of John Banville's three novels to feature Cass Cleave, alongside Eclipse and Ancient Light. 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 identity - Vander travels to Turin to meet its author. There, muddled by age and alcohol, unable always to distinguish fact from fiction, Vander comes face to face with the woman who has the knowledge to unmask him, Cass Cleave. However, her sense of reality is as unreliable as his, and the two are quickly drawn together, their relationship dark, disturbed and doomed to disaster from its very start.

A Book of Irish Verse

A Book of Irish Verse

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2002

In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already established as one of Ireland's leading poets and folklorists, published this outstanding collection of Irish verse as part of his campaign to establish a tradition of Irish poetry fit for the dawn of a new age in Ireland's history. This Routledge Classics edition, complete with a specially commissioned introduction by acclaimed writer and critic John Banville, is essential reading for all who appreciate good literature.

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