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Banville, John

Works: 122 works in 1,070 publications in 19 languages and 29,782 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Drama  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biography  Suspense fiction  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Scenarist, Creator, Performer, Scribe, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PR6052.A57, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Banville
The sea by John Banville( Book )

54 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, goes back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child, a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her
The infinities by John Banville( Book )

36 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,046 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 )

47 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother.' Alexander Cleave, an actor who thinks his best days are behind him, remembers his first unlikely affair as a teenage boy in a small town in 1950s Ireland: the illicit meetings in a rundown cottage outside town, assignations in the back of his lover's car on sunny morning and rain-soaked afternoons. And with these early memories comes something sharper and much darker - the more recent recollection of the actor's own daughter's suicide ten years before
The untouchable by John Banville( Book )

74 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,804 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 )

60 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,622 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
Albert Nobbs by Rodrigo García( Visual )

24 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,538 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 )

48 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Axel Vander, celebrated academic and man of culture, is spending his twilight years on the west coast of America, when, out of the blue, a letter arrives hinting at the secrets he has been hiding for fifty years." "To find out just how much the writer knows about his past, Vander arranges to meet her in Turin. But he is thrown into emotional turmoil by this encounter with Cass Cleave, a deeply troubled young woman desperate to discover a reason to continue living; and the meeting of the two leads inexorably towards disaster."--Jacket
The blue guitar by John Banville( Book )

23 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 1,408 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
Eclipse : a novel by John Banville( Book )

53 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,379 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
Athena : a novel by John Banville( Book )

47 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 986 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
Kepler, a novel by John Banville( Book )

59 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 981 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
Ghosts by John Banville( Book )

42 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 915 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 professor and to have an air of purpose about him. Why, as their day on the island progresses, do they seem to inhabit a series of weighty tableaux? And who is the man who moves among them as both spectator and player, the nameless, seemingly haunted narrator whose sensibility is the sometimes clarifing, sometimes distorting lens through which we view the action?
Doctor Copernicus : a novel by John Banville( Book )

57 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 816 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 )

36 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 754 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 )

41 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabriel Godkin flygter fra Birchwood, et stort hus på et irsk gods, hvor der bor mange mennesker med tragiske skæbner; han slutter sig til et omvandrende cirkus og begynder at lede efter sin forsvundne tvillingesøster
The Newton letter by John Banville( Book )

41 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 657 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
Mefisto by John Banville( Book )

50 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Ierse jongen raakt onder de invloed van een duivelse metgezel
The Infinities by John Banville( Recording )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While renowned theroetical mathematician Adam Godley's family gathers at his bedside awaiting his death, a family of mischievous immortals are also there stirring up trouble
Ancient light by John Banville( Recording )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave as he plumbs the memories of his first, and perhaps only, love and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness that Cleave can't understand. When his acting career is suddenly revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady gives him the opportunity to see with clarity the chasm that yawns between doing something and the recollection of what was done"--Container
Best European fiction 2013 by Aleksandar Hemon( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The infinitiesThe untouchableThe book of evidenceShroudEclipse : a novelAthena : a novelKepler, a novelGhosts