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Banville, John

Works: 322 works in 1,714 publications in 16 languages and 37,020 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Drama  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Spy stories  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Scenarist, wpr, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other, Performer, Contributor
Classifications: PR6052.A57, 823.914
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The sea by John Banville( Book )

95 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 3,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the death of his wife, Max Morden retreats to the seaside town of his childhood summers, where his own life becomes inextricably entwined with the members of the vacationing Grace family
The infinities by John Banville( Book )

36 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician lies dying. Gathered around him are his family: Adam, his son; Adam's wife; Petra, his daughter; his wife Ursula, stepmother to his children; and his daughter's young man. But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievious immortals who begin to stir up trouble to sometimes wildly unintended effect
Ancient light by John Banville( Book )

54 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother and inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization
The untouchable by John Banville( Book )

72 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of British Cold War spies told in the form of a memoir by Sir Victor Maskell, a respected art historian unmasked as an agent of the Soviet Union. He describes who they were and why they did it--why he did it--tracing their evolution from the original 1930s Cambridge university graduates to the present. By the author of Athena
The book of evidence by John Banville( Book )

80 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freddie Montgomery, a thirty-eight-year-old one-time scientist, returns to his native Ireland to reclaim a seventeenth-century Dutch school painting which he believes to be part of his patrimony, committing a ghastly murder along the way
The blue guitar by John Banville( Book )

37 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Otway Orme, a semi-famous artist and petty thief, despairing of limits in his talents, flees when his latest theft is discovered and sequesters himself in his childhood home, where he struggles to understand how he reached his current state
Albert Nobbs by Rodrigo García( Visual )

29 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making
Shroud by John Banville( Book )

45 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a young woman threatens to expose a damaging secret from his former life, Axel Vander, an elderly scholar and master liar, is forced to examine his past to uncover the truths that he has so carefully hidden
Eclipse : a novel by John Banville( Book )

51 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alexander Cleave, a famous actor who "took to the stage to give myself a cast of characters to inhabit who would be ... of more weight and moment than I could ever hope to be", faces the almost certain collapse of his thirty-year career. In physical and psychological retreat, he returns to his abandoned childhood home, believing that, away from his wife and daughter, away from the world at large, alone, without an audience of any kind, he might finally stop performing, catch himself in the act of living, and simply be."--Jacket
Kepler, a novel by John Banville( Book )

65 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dramatic turbulent life of Johannes Kepler, "Imperial Mathematician and Court Astronomer" in 17th century Bohemia is portrayed in a superb fusion of imagination and information
Athena : a novel by John Banville( Book )

47 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An art expert is hired by Irish gangsters to authenticate some 17th Century Dutch paintings. The job leads to an affair with a gangster's moll, a sado-masochistic liaison which mirrors the subject matter of the paintings. A tale of a twin obsession, art and woman
Mrs. Osmond by John Banville( Book )

13 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and The Blue Guitar--a dazzling new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected (and completely stand-alone) territory. Isabel Archer is a young American woman, swept off to Europe in the late nineteenth century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naive girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and--as Isabel finds out too late--cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate. On a trip to England to visit her cousin Ralph Touchett on his deathbed, Isabel is offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but nonetheless chooses to return to Italy. Banville follows James's story line to this point, but Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville's own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision and surprise of his language; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humor. And when Isabel arrives in Italy--along with someone else!--the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow"--
Ghosts by John Banville( Book )

38 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of strangers, passengers on a day-boat that runs aground, are washed up on an island. Shaken and sodden, they nonetheless make quick work of the situation at hand. But what is the situation? They've invaded the closely protected enclave of an eminent art historian, but their presence seems to rouse in the historian's assistant a long-ripening hunger for company. Certainly the grounding of the boat was an accident, but one of the passengers seem to know the
Doctor Copernicus : a novel by John Banville( Book )

71 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the life of the sixteenth-century cleric whose ideas demolished the medieval view of the universe
The sea by John Banville( Recording )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Morden visits the seaside town where he spent his summers as a child after the death of his wife. There he remembers the Graces, the family that introduced him to a world of feeling he'd never experienced before. Interwoven with this story are Morden's memories of his wife, Anna--of their life together, of her death
Birchwood by John Banville( Book )

45 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A novel that centres 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 cold father, a tortured mother, an insane grandmother? Gabriel also recalls his first encounters with love and loss. At once a novel of a family, of isolation, and of a blighted Ireland, "Birchwood" is a remarkable and complex story about the end of innocence for one boy and his country, told in the brilliantly styled prose of one of our most essential writers"--Publisher's description
The Newton letter by John Banville( Book )

40 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historian, trying to finish a long-overdue book on Isaac Newton, rent a cottage not far by train from Dublin for the summer. All he need, he thinks, is a few weeks of concentrated work. Why, he must unravel, did Newton break down in 1693? What possessed him to write that strange letter to his friend John Locke? But in the long seeping summer days, old sloth and present reality take over
Best European fiction 2013 by Aleksandar Hemon( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!
Time pieces : a Dublin memoir by John Banville( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the young John Banville, Dublin was a place of enchantment and yearning. Each year, on his birthday - the 8th of December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception - he and his mother would journey by train to the capital city, passing frosted pink fields at dawn, to arrive at Westland Row and the beginning of a day's adventures that included much-anticipated trips to Clery's and the Palm Beach ice-cream parlour. The aspiring writer first came to live in the city when he was 18. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped. Alternating between vignettes of Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, 'Time Pieces' is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory
Prague pictures : portraits of a city by John Banville( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banville on Prague: a dazzling combination of author and subject, and a classic in the making
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The infinitiesThe untouchableThe book of evidenceShroudEclipse : a novelKepler, a novelAthena : a novelGhosts