John Banville: Kepler

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  • Pietra Palazzolo (University of Essex)

Kepler (1981), Banville’s ninth novel, is the second book in the science tetralogy, the first being Doctor Copernicus (1976), and the last two books The Newton Letter (1982) and Mefisto (1986). Kepler is a stimulating interpretation of the astronomer’s painstaking search for cosmic harmony, in the face of the disorder and chaos that are the subject of this tetralogy. To a greater extent than in Doctor Copernicus, Kepler’s search is here presented in all its difficulties and contradictions, attentive, as it is, to the underlying importance of random events and imaginative leaps in the creative act. In this, Banville draws from Thomas Kuhn’s study on paradigm …

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Palazzolo, Pietra. "Kepler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2007
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