John Banville has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the GuardianFiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Dublin.
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.