Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader

Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader

By: Raymond Bell (editor)Hardback

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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. Possessed of a Past 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.

About Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of many highly acclaimed and prize-winning novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Booker Prize. He has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize and a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.

Contents

Introduction - i: Preface Section - ii: A Note on the Texts Section - iii: Chronology Unit - Revelations: Fiction 1973-2012 Chapter - 1: Summer at Birchwood (Birchwood, 1973) Chapter - 2: Rheticus (Doctor Copernicus, 1976) Chapter - 3: The Harmony of the Spheres (Kepler, 1981) Chapter - 4: Fern House (The Newton Letter, 1982) Chapter - 5: Gabriel Swan (Mefisto, 1986) Chapter - 6: Possessed of a Past Chapter - 7: I `The painting is called' (The Book of Evidence, 1989) Chapter - 8: II `I am always fascinated' (Ghosts, 1993) Chapter - 9: III `When she urged me to beat her' (Athena, 1995) Chapter - 10: The Golden World (1992) Chapter - 11: Taking Possession (The Untouchable, 1997) Chapter - 12: The Lost Ones Chapter - 13: I `The telephone began to shrill, giving me a fright' (Eclipse, 2000) Chapter - 14: II `So this, she saw, was where it would end' (Shroud, 2002) Chapter - 15: III `A charming spot it was Cass chose to die in' (Eclipse, 2000) Chapter - 16: IV `We had a dreadful night' (Ancient Light, 2012) Chapter - 17: Lady Laura and the Dowager Duchess (Shroud, 2002) Chapter - 18: Only Dying, After All (The Sea, 2005) Chapter - 19: O Lost, Raw World! (The Infinities, 2009) Chapter - 20: Blest Boy (Ancient Light, 2012) Unit - Playing Parts: Stage and Radio Plays, 1994-2006 Chapter - 1: From The Broken Jug (1994) Chapter - 2: Stardust: Three Monologues of the Dead (2002) Chapter - 3: Kepler (2004) Chapter - 4: A World Too Wide (2005) Chapter - 5: Conversation in the Mountains (2006) Unit - A Blest World: Essays, Lectures and Reviews, 1990-2010 Chapter - 1: Survivors of Joyce (1990) Chapter - 2: The Personae of Summer (1993) Chapter - 3: Thou Shalt Not Kill (1997) Chapter - 4: 'Speaks True Who Speaks Shadow' (2001) Chapter - 5: Fiction and the Dream (2005) Chapter - 6: Beckett's Last Words (2006) Chapter - 7: Living Ghosts (2010) Unit - Fidgets of Remembrance: Memoir, 1989, 2003 Chapter - 1: Lupins and moth-laden nights in Rosslare (1989) Chapter - 2: 'It was winter the first time I saw Prague' Unit - Firstlings: Early Fiction, 1966-1971 Chapter - 1: The Party (1966) Chapter - 2: Wild Wood (Long Lankin, 1970) Chapter - 3: On Nightspawn (Nightspawn, 1971) Unit - Begettings: In Progress/In Retrospect, 2006/2009 Chapter - 1: 'Of the things we gave them' (from The Infinities MS, 2006) Chapter - 2: First Light (The Infinities, 2009) Acknowledgements - iv: Acknowledgements Section - v: Sources Section - vi: About the Author

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  • ISBN13: 9781447214724
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9781447214724
  • weight: 812
  • ISBN10: 1447214722

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