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The Infinities

The Infinities

(2009)
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On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra's "young man" - very likely more interested in the father than the daughter - who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit.

But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals - among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: "We too are petty and vindictive," he tells us, "just like you, when we are put to it." As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . .

Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human - a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.

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Hardback Editions

October 2010 : Hardback
Title: The Infinities (Japanese Edition)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 4105900870 / 9784105900878
Publisher: Shinchosha/Tsai Fong Books
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August 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Infinities (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1410428524 / 9781410428523 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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February 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Infinities (Borzoi Books)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0307272796 / 9780307272799 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
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September 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330450247 / 9780330450249 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0307474399 / 9780307474391 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330450255 / 9780330450256 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Infinites
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330513915 / 9780330513913 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330510886 / 9780330510882 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330513214 / 9780330513210 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

March 2010 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0230748546 / 9780230748545 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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February 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0307706656 / 9780307706652 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville

Publisher: Picador
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February 2010 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Infinities (Borzoi Books)
Author(s): John Banville

Publisher: Vintage
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