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Eclipse

John Banville

Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home. He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human. Memories, anxiety for the future and more particularly for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract him from his dreaming retirement.

This humane and beautifully written story tells the tragic tale of a man, intelligent, preposterous and vulnerable, who in attempting to bring the performance to a close finds himself travelling inevitably towards a devastating denouement.

‘This unsparing, compassionate, humane book demonstrates again that Banville is in a class of his own’ Spectator

‘A contemporary fable of piercing sadness and melancholy beauty. . . This poetic novel deals with archetypal themes as well as painful truths about parental inadequacy and the limitations of love’ Sunday Telegraph

‘In Eclipse Banville has created another important, challenging fiction. The book is ornately written, heartless in an honest fashion, profoundly interrogative of ideas of identity and, above all, spectacularly beautiful. It is, in a way that so many contemporary novels are not, a work of art’ Observer

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033048222604
Published: 05/03/2010

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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