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Banville, John

Works: 325 works in 1,728 publications in 16 languages and 37,261 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Drama  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Spy fiction  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Scenarist, wpr, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Performer, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PR6052.A57, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Banville
The sea by John Banville( Book )

92 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 3,684 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 )

37 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician lies dying. Gathered around him are his family: Adam, his son; Adam's wife; Petra, his daughter; his wife Ursula, stepmother to his children; and his daughter's young man. But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals who begin to stir up trouble to sometimes wildly unintended effect
Ancient light by John Banville( Book )

55 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother.' Alexander Cleave, an actor who thinks his best days are behind him, remembers his first unlikely affair as a teenage boy in a small town in 1950s Ireland: the illicit meetings in a rundown cottage outside town, assignations in the back of his lover's car on sunny morning and rain-soaked afternoons. And with these early memories comes something sharper and much darker - the more recent recollection of the actor's own daughter's suicide ten years before
The untouchable by John Banville( Book )

66 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,701 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
The book of evidence by John Banville( Book )

80 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,612 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
The blue guitar by John Banville( Book )

37 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,545 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
Albert Nobbs by Rodrigo García( Visual )

29 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au XIXeme siècle, dans l'Irlande en proie à de terribles difficultés économiques, une femme se fait passer pour un homme pour pouvoir travailler. Pendant trente ans, elle trompe son entourage, employée dans un hôtel sous le nom d'Albert Nobbs, en tant que majordome [Source : jaquette]
Eclipse : a novel by John Banville( Book )

51 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,279 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
Mrs. Osmond by John Banville( Book )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and The Blue Guitar--a dazzling new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected (and completely stand-alone) territory. Isabel Archer is a young American woman, swept off to Europe in the late nineteenth century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naive girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and--as Isabel finds out too late--cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate. On a trip to England to visit her cousin Ralph Touchett on his deathbed, Isabel is offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but nonetheless chooses to return to Italy. Banville follows James's story line to this point, but Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville's own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision and surprise of his language; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humor. And when Isabel arrives in Italy--along with someone else!--the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow"--
Athena : a novel by John Banville( Book )

47 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 955 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
Kepler, a novel by John Banville( Book )

65 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 952 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
Ghosts by John Banville( Book )

38 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 850 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 professor and to have an air of purpose about him. Why, as their day on the island progresses, do they seem to inhabit a series of weighty tableaux? And who is the man who moves among them as both spectator and player, the nameless, seemingly haunted narrator whose sensibility is the sometimes clarifing, sometimes distorting lens through which we view the action?
Doctor Copernicus : a novel by John Banville( Book )

70 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 828 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 )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 711 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 664 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 )

40 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 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
Best European fiction 2013 by Aleksandar Hemon( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 128 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!
Time pieces : a Dublin memoir by John Banville( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the young John Banville, Dublin was a place of enchantment and yearning. Each year, on his birthday - the 8th of December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception - he and his mother would journey by train to the capital city, passing frosted pink fields at dawn, to arrive at Westland Row and the beginning of a day's adventures that included much-anticipated trips to Clery's and the Palm Beach ice-cream parlour. The aspiring writer first came to live in the city when he was 18. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped. Alternating between vignettes of Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, 'Time Pieces' is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory
Prague pictures : portraits of a city by John Banville( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banville on Prague: a dazzling combination of author and subject, and a classic in the making
Possessed of a past : a John Banville reader by John Banville( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The material collected here is a treasure trove, a fine retrospective and a comprehensive guide to the work of Ireland's greatest living novelist, John Banville. Selections are drawn from all of his novels, up to and including 2012's Ancient Light; each piece standing alone, short-story-like, but also resonating with those around it and representing the novel from which it comes. There are radio plays, some published in print for the first time here. There is a judicious selection of his essays and reviews. Perhaps most beguiling of all are the pieces of memoir, the early work (including Banville's first-ever piece of published fiction, from 1966) and the chance to see facsimiles of the handwritten first draft of the opening section of The Infinities. This book is an extraordinary document of the writer's life and work across nearly fifty years of practice, simultaneously offering the perfect introduction to Banville's sublime art and manna to devoted readers
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The infinitiesThe untouchableThe book of evidenceEclipse : a novelAthena : a novelKepler, a novelGhostsDoctor Copernicus : a novel