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Banville, John

Works: 152 works in 1,317 publications in 14 languages and 33,848 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Drama  Domestic fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction  Film adaptations  Juvenile works  Biographical fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Scenarist, Creator, Contributor, Collaborator, Performer, Other
Classifications: PR6052.A57, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Banville
The sea by John Banville( Book )

91 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 3,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the death of his wife, Max Morden retreats to the seaside town of his childhood summers, where his own life becomes inextricably entwined with the members of the vacationing Grace family
The infinities by John Banville( Book )

30 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family has gathered at his bedside, but they are not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals - among them Zeus, Pan, and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator. As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble
Ancient light by John Banville( Book )

52 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother and inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization
The untouchable by John Banville( Book )

69 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of British Cold War spies told in the form of a memoir by Sir Victor Maskell, a respected art historian unmasked as an agent of the Soviet Union. He describes who they were and why they did it--why he did it--tracing their evolution from the original 1930s Cambridge university graduates to the present. By the author of Athena
The book of evidence by John Banville( Book )

75 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freddie Montgomery, a thirty-eight-year-old one-time scientist, returns to his native Ireland to reclaim a seventeenth-century Dutch school painting which he believes to be part of his patrimony, committing a ghastly murder along the way
Albert Nobbs by Rodrigo García( Visual )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making
The blue guitar by John Banville( Book )

32 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Otway Orme, a semi-famous artist and petty thief, despairing of limits in his talents, flees when his latest theft is discovered and sequesters himself in his childhood home, where he struggles to understand how he reached his current state
Shroud by John Banville( Book )

45 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a young woman threatens to expose a damaging secret from his former life, Axel Vander, an elderly scholar and master liar, is forced to examine his past to uncover the truths that he has so carefully hidden
Eclipse : a novel by John Banville( Book )

55 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
Kepler, a novel by John Banville( Book )

62 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dramatic turbulent life of Johannes Kepler, "Imperial Mathematician and Court Astronomer" in 17th century Bohemia is portrayed in a superb fusion of imagination and information
Athena : a novel by John Banville( Book )

45 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An art expert is hired by Irish gangsters to authenticate some 17th Century Dutch paintings. The job leads to an affair with a gangster's moll, a sado-masochistic liaison which mirrors the subject matter of the paintings. A tale of a twin obsession, art and woman
Ghosts by John Banville( Book )

39 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of strangers, passengers on a day-boat that runs aground, are washed up on an island. Shaken and sodden, they nonetheless make quick work of the situation at hand. But what is the situation? They've invaded the closely protected enclave of an eminent art historian, but their presence seems to rouse in the historian's assistant a long-ripening hunger for company. Certainly the grounding of the boat was an accident, but one of the passengers seem to know the
Doctor Copernicus : a novel by John Banville( Book )

58 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the life of the sixteenth-century cleric whose ideas demolished the medieval view of the universe
The sea by John Banville( Recording )

39 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Morden visits the seaside town where he spent his summers as a child after the death of his wife. There he remembers the Graces, the family that introduced him to a world of feeling he'd never experienced before. Interwoven with this story are Morden's memories of his wife, Anna--of their life together, of her death
Birchwood by John Banville( Book )

45 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A novel that centres around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and despair. Delving deep into family secrets? a cold father, a tortured mother, an insane grandmother? Gabriel also recalls his first encounters with love and loss. At once a novel of a family, of isolation, and of a blighted Ireland, "Birchwood" is a remarkable and complex story about the end of innocence for one boy and his country, told in the brilliantly styled prose of one of our most essential writers"--Publisher's description
The Newton letter by John Banville( Book )

42 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historian, trying to finish a long-overdue book on Isaac Newton, rent a cottage not far by train from Dublin for the summer. All he need, he thinks, is a few weeks of concentrated work. Why, he must unravel, did Newton break down in 1693? What possessed him to write that strange letter to his friend John Locke? But in the long seeping summer days, old sloth and present reality take over
Mefisto by John Banville( Book )

51 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Ierse jongen raakt onder de invloed van een duivelse metgezel
The Infinities by John Banville( Recording )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While renowned theroetical mathematician Adam Godley's family gathers at his bedside awaiting his death, a family of mischievous immortals are also there stirring up trouble
Ancient light by John Banville( Recording )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there any difference between memory and invention? It is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first, and perhaps only, love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the motherof his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring, and finally devastating)... and of his daughter, lost to a kind of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady - famous and fragile - gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the "chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done."--Container
Best European fiction 2013 by Aleksandar Hemon( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!
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Alternative Names

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The infinitiesThe untouchableThe book of evidenceShroudEclipse : a novelKepler, a novelAthena : a novelGhosts