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The Infinities 

The Infinities (2009)
A novel by John Banville

 
One long, languid midsummer's day, the Godleys gather at the family home of Arden to attend their father's bedside. Adam, the elder child, and Petra, only nineteen, find that relations with their stepmother, Ursula, and their dying father, old Adam, are as strained as ever. Adam's relationship with his wife, Helen, seems too on the brink of collapse and Petra, fragile and deeply troubled, finds deepest relief in her own pain. The gods, those mischievous spirits, watch silently, flitting through this dark menage. Unable to resist intervening in the mortals' lives, they spy, tease and seduce, all the while looking upon the antics of their playthings with a mixture of mild bafflement and occasional envy. Old Adam - husband, father and esteemed mathematician - has made his name grappling with the concept of the infinite. His own time on earth seems to be running out, and his mind runs to disquieting memories. Little does he realize, as he lies mute but alert in the Sky room, that the gods are capable of interposing themselves in the action, and even changing time itself when it pleases them. Overflowing with a bawdy humour, and a deep and refreshing clarity of insight, "The Infinities" is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a delicately poised, infinitely wise look at the terrible and wonderful plight of being human. In electrifying prose, Banville captures the aching intensity, the magic and enchantment, of a single midsummer's day in Arden.

 
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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 : 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 : Hardback
Title: The Infinities (Borzoi Books)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0307272796 / 9780307272799 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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September 2009 : Hardback
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0330450247 / 9780330450249 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

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

March 2010 : Audio CD
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0230748546 / 9780230748545 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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February 2010 : 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 : Kindle edition
Title: The Infinities
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: B003E1BGUA
Publisher: Picador
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February 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: The Infinities (Borzoi Books)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: B00338QEII
Publisher: Vintage
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