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John Banville

Ireland (1945 - )

aka Benjamin Black

John Banville was born in Ireland, in 1945. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970. His other books are Nightspawn, Birchwood, Doctor Copernicus, Kepler, The Newton Letter, Mefisto, The Book of Evidence (which was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize), Ghosts, Athena, The Untouchable and Eclipse. He lives in Dublin where he is at work on his latest novel, Shroud.
 
Series
Doctor CopernicusKeplerThe Newton Letter: An Interlude
 
Anthologies edited
Best European Fiction 2013
 
Non fiction
Prague Pictures: Portrait of a CityPossessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader
 
Awards
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction winner (1976) : Doctor Copernicus
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1989) : The Book of Evidence
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1997) : The Untouchable
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2005) : The Sea


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Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West
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"Unlike anything I have read in recent years, an extraordinary, breathtaking achievement."
A Landing On the Sun
A Landing On the Sun (1991)
Michael Frayn
"His work is as darkly ambiguous as that of Chekhov... and leaves one feeling an equal measure of laughter and sorrow."
Death and Nightingales
Death and Nightingales (1992)
Eugene McCabe
"It should put Eugene McCabe in the first rank of contemporary Irish novelists."
Banks of Green Willow
Banks of Green Willow (2001)
Kevin Myers
"As fresh as tomorrow's headlines; Kevin Myers has painted a moving and accurate portrait of our terrible age."
Corfu
Corfu (2001)
Robert Dessaix
"Sad, funny and moving...A wonderful book."
My House in Umbria
My House in Umbria (2003)
William Trevor
"Trevor's is among the most subtle and sophisticated fiction being written today."
The Two Lolitas
The Two Lolitas (2005)
Michael Maar
"Michael Maar is a fine literary sleuth, and his discovery of what may be an ur-Lolita means we will never again look on Nabokov's masterpeice in quite the old light."
The Winner of Sorrow
The Winner of Sorrow (2005)
Brian Lynch
"Moving, instructive, and slyly funny."
Inside
Inside (2006)
Kenneth J Harvey
"A tough, unrelenting novel, thrilling and darkly eloquent and, in the end, a celebration of what life offers in even the harshest of circumstances."
The Informers
The Informers (2008)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
"A fine and frightening study of how the past preys upon the present, and an absorbing revelation of a little-known wing of the theatre of the Nazi war."
The Truth About Love
The Truth About Love (2009)
Josephine Hart
"An ambitious and poetic weaving of a long-ago family tragedy into the tragic history, and histories, of our time. Josephine Hart has come home in triumph."
What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Novel of Henry James and Jack the Ripper
What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Novel of Henry James and Jack the Ripper (2010)
Paula Marantz Cohen
"A marvelously rich and intelligent read..."
Absolute Zero Cool
Absolute Zero Cool (2011)
Declan Burke
"A genuinely original take on noir, inventive and funny, a cross between Flann O'Brien and Raymond Chandler."
The Effect of Her
The Effect of Her (2013)
Gerard Stembridge
"Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent."
The Glass Ocean
The Glass Ocean (2013)
Lori Baker
"A captivating story-teller... has the flash and fire of molten glass."
The Temporary Gentleman
The Temporary Gentleman (2014)
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