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In his first novel since The Untouchable, John Banville gives us the intensely emotional story of a man discovering for the first time who he has been and what he is becoming.

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.

But the house is unexpectedly populated. There are Cleave's memories, which seem to rise up out of the house itself: of the years during his childhood when his mother took in boarders; of the beginnings, and the beginnings-of-the-end, of his career and his marriage; of the course of his relationship with his now estranged daughter; and of his father, who committed suicide when Cleave was still a boy. There are the corporeal, but illicit, inhabitants of the house: the caretaker, an unsettling presence "with the ageless aspect of a wastrel son," and the fifteen-year-old housekeeper, a "voluptuary of indolence." And there are the apparitions (ghosts? premonitions? visitations?)—a woman, a child, and a third, ill-defined figure—who Cleave feels are "intricately involved in the problem of whatever it is that has gone wrong with me."

Struggling to determine what exactly has gone wrong, and to understand what part the apparitions play in his life and he in theirs, Cleave slowly comes to see the ways in which things and people—himself included—are not what they seem, and the ways in which, inevitably, they reveal what they are.

Brilliantly conjured and realized, Eclipse is John Banville at his unique best.

Genre: Thriller
 
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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : Hardback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1417709502 / 9781417709502 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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March 2001 : Hardback
Title: Eclipse (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0754015289 / 9780754015284 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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February 2001 : Hardback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0375411291 / 9780375411298 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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September 2000 : Hardback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330339338 / 9780330339339 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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2000 : Hardback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0953419231 / 9780953419234 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bridgewater
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 8525057797 / 9788525057792
Publisher: Biblioteca Azul
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March 2010 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 033048222X / 9780330482226 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2004 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330483161 / 9780330483162 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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November 2003 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 2264037512 / 9782264037510
Publisher: 10
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April 2003 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): Damian Alou, John Banville
ISBN: 8433969684 / 9788433969682
Publisher: Anagrama
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March 2002 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 2221092678 / 9782221092675
Publisher: Robert Laffont
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February 2002 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse: A Novel
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0375725296 / 9780375725296 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2001 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330486233 / 9780330486231 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2001 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse (Thorndike General)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0786229942 / 9780786229949 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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9999 : Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 033048317X / 9780330483179 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

April 2001 : Audio Cassette
Title: Eclipse: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0754006379 / 9780754006374 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Eclipse
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: B005OYYOUY
Publisher: Picador
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December 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: Eclipse: A Novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: B000XU4U5I
Publisher: Vintage
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