Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader

Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader

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The material collected here is a treasure trove, a fine retrospective and a comprehensive guide to the work of Irelanda€™s greatest living novelist, John Banville. Selections are drawn from all of his novels, up to and including 2012a€™s Ancient Light; each piece standing alone, short-story-like, but also resonating with those around it and representing the novel from which it comes. There are radio plays, some published in print for the first time here. There is a judicious selection of his essays and reviews. Perhaps most beguiling of all are the pieces of memoir, the early work (including Banvillea€™s first-ever piece of published fiction, from 1966) and the chance to see facsimiles of the handwritten first draft of the opening section of The Infinities. Possessed of a Past is an extraordinary document of the writera€™s life and work across nearly fifty years of practice, simultaneously offering the perfect introduction to Banvillea€™s sublime art and manna to devoted readers.A flash of reflected sunlight caught myeye. In ahollow at the far side ofthe court there wasalong low glasshouse. I stumbled down the bank, as othersin another time musthave stumbled, laughing, after awhite ball rolling inexorably intothe futureanbsp;...

Title:Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader
Author:John Banville
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2012-11-08


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