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John Banville


John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He has been the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1976), the Guardian Fiction Prize (1981), the Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award (1989) and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1997). He has been both short-listed for the Booker Prize (1989) and awarded the Man Booker Prize (2005), as well as nominated for the Man Booker International Prize (2007). Other awards include the Franz Kafka Prize (2011), the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2013) and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature (2014). He lives in Dublin.

John Banville

Books by John Banville

by John Banville - Fiction

Oliver Otway Orme, a 50-year-old artist with a predilection for “the fine art of thieving,” has lost his passion for painting. His latest piece, an unfinished work he has all but given up on, is a picture of a blue guitar. But he is still a thief of sorts: He is cheating on his wife with his best friend’s spouse. John Banville’s latest novel is a meditation on the desire to possess and the complexities of artistic creation.

by John Banville

Is there any difference between memory and invention? This question haunts Alexander Cleave, whose stunted acting career is suddenly revived by a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is. Cleave explores memories of his first love affair with his best friend's mother, as well as those of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that he can only fail to understand.