Birchwood

John Banville

Once the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants. One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister. Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too.

Birchwood represents a watershed in contemporary Irish writing: it is a novel in which history becomes a rich black comedy full of land agitation and Gothic characters; and a sense of bewilderment at the nature of the universe fills its pages’ Colm Tóibín

‘John Banville is one of the great masters of the . . . English language’ Catherine Lockerbie, Scotsman

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033037232903
Published: 05/08/2010

John Banville

John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of numerous novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize and was adapted for film. He was recently awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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