John Banville

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  • Pietra Palazzolo (University of Essex)

Described in the London Review of Books as “one of the most important writers now at work in English”, John Banville is author of 12 works of fiction, a collection of short stories and three plays. Like few other novelists active in this period – A.S. Byatt and Peter Ackroyd, for example – Banville writes fiction that neither succumbs to a kind of extreme postmodern experimentalism nor attempts a nostalgic reconstruction of the unattainable past. Banville’s management of historical events and subjects sets him apart from more politically involved writers, conveyed, as it is, in a language that plays with and subtly subverts fixed categories of knowledge (fact/fiction; real/unreal).

Naturally, his approach to …

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Palazzolo, Pietra. "John Banville". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2003
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Banville's works

  1. Birchwood
  2. Doctor Copernicus
  3. Eclipse
  4. Kepler
  5. Long Lankin
  6. Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City
  7. The Book of Evidence
  8. The Newton Letter: An Interlude
  9. The Sea
  10. The Untouchable