David Jays

Household Gods

The Infinities


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John Banville’s territory is the memory novel, in which ageing narrators sift their treacherous recollections and weighty secrets. Although he has established a crime-writing pseudonym in the interim, The Infinities is Banville’s first novel under his own name since his Booker Prize-winning The Sea (2005). Although there is again an ageing – indeed, dying – man at the centre, the book offers a playful revision of his familiar territory, its tone one of sportive, bawdy metaphysics during a single midsummer day.

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