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All Souls

by John Banville Javier Marias

By one of the most important voices in contemporary world literature, a darkly comic novel about that most British of institutions, Oxford University.In All Souls, a visiting Spanish lecturer, viewing Oxford through a prismatic detachment, is alternately amused, puzzled, delighted, and disgusted by its vagaries of human vanity. A bit lonely, not always able to see his charming but very married mistress, he casts about for activity; he barely has to teach. Yet so much goes into simply "being" at Oxford: friendship, opinion-mongering, one-upmanship, finicky exchanges of favors, gossip, adultery, book-collecting, back-patting, backstabbing. Marías demonstrates a sweet tooth for eccentricity in this sly campus novel and love story.

Ancient Light

by John Banville

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives.Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville's extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first--and perhaps only--love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady--famous and fragile--unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the "chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done." Ancient Light is a profoundly moving meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today.From the Hardcover edition.

Athena

by John Banville

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a mesmerizing novel that is both a literary thriller and a love story as sumptuously perverse as Lolita. "A strange and dreamlike book . . . Banville has a breathtaking style."--Boston Globe.

Best European Fiction 2013

by John Banville

2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!

Best European Fiction 2013

by John Banville

2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!

Birchwood

by John Banville

I am therefore I think. So starts John Banville's 1973 novel Birchwood, a novel that centers around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and despair. Delving deep into family secrets--a cold father, a tortured mother, an insane grandmother--Gabriel also recalls his first encounters with love and loss. At once a novel of a family, of isolation, and of a blighted Ireland, Birchwood is a remarkable and complex story about the end of innocence for one boy and his country, told in the brilliantly styled prose of one of our most essential writers..

The Blue Guitar

by John Banville

John Banville, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light, now gives us a new novel--at once trenchant, witty, and shattering--about the intricacies of artistic creation, about theft, and about the ways in which we learn to possess one another, and to hold on to ourselves.Equally self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, our narrator, Oliver Otway Orme ("O O O. An absurdity. You could hang me over the door of a pawnshop"), is a painter of some renown and a petty thief who has never before been caught and steals only for pleasure. Both art and the art of thievery have been part of his "endless effort at possession," but now he's pushing fifty, feels like a hundred, and things have not been going so well. Having recognized the "man-killing crevasse" that exists between what he sees and any representation he might make of it, he has stopped painting. And his last act of thievery--the last time he felt its "secret shiver of bliss"--has been discovered. The fact that the purloined possession was the wife of the man who was, perhaps, his best friend has compelled him to run away--from his mistress, his home, his wife; from whatever remains of his impulse to paint; and from a tragedy that has long haunted him--and to sequester himself in the house where he was born. Trying to uncover in himself the answer to how and why things have turned out as they have, excavating memories of family, of places he has called home, and of the way he has apprehended the world around him ("one of my eyes is forever turning towards the world beyond"), Olly reveals the very essence of a man who, in some way, has always been waiting to be rescued from himself.From the Hardcover edition.

The Book of Evidence

by John Banville

John Banville's stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer.Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.

The Book of Evidence

by John Banville

John Banville's stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer.Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.

The Crooked Timber of Humanity

by Isaiah Berlin Henry Hardy John Banville

"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."--Immanuel KantIsaiah Berlin was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century--an activist of the intellect who marshaled vast erudition and eloquence in defense of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political plurality. In The Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political cataclysms of our own time: between the Platonic belief in absolute truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century Fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant--and sometimes genocidal--nationalism that convulses the modern world.This new edition features a revised text that supplants all previous versions, a new foreword in which award-winning novelist John Banville discusses Berlin's life and ideas, particularly his defense of pluralism, and a substantial new appendix that provides rich context, including letters by Berlin and previously uncollected writings, most notably his virtuoso review of Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy.

Doctor Copernicus

by John Banville

'Banville is superb . . . there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read: Doctor Copernicusis among the very best of them' The Economist The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view of the universe and led to the formulation of the image of the solar system we know today. Here his life is powerfully evoked in a novel that offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and his ideas while he searches for the secret of life. 'Banville writes novels of complex patterning, with grace, precision and timing' Guardian 'With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov' Daily Telegraph 'A tour de force: a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world' The Times

Eclipse

by John Banville

A lyrical and haunting new work of fiction by one of Ireland's greatest writers. . . Alexander Cleave has never been able to rid himself of the feeling that he is in "a perpetual state of being watched"-even when alone. So he became an actor, and successfully performed his way through life until suddenly, at the peak of his career, he staggered off stage, never to return. Self-banished to his childhood home and cut off from his wife, Cleave begins to unravel the past and disinter his own identity. But his attempt to sift the accumulated clutter of half a century of existence is undermined by the house itself, brimming with lives, both ghostly and undeniably human. Memory constantly displaces Cleave's attention to the small, delicate details of the present. So too does his anxiety about the future, and the thought of his beloved but troubled daughter, Cass, tugging away at him like an undertow. 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.

Eclipse

by John Banville

In this deeply moving and original book, John Banville alloys mystery, fable, and ghost story with poignant psychological acuity to forge the riveting story of a man wary of the future, plagued by the past, and so uncertain in the present that he cannot discern the spectral from the real. When renowned actor Alexander Cleave was a boy living in a large house with his widowed mother and various itinerant lodgers, he encountered a strikingly vivid ghost of his father. Now that he's fifty and has returned to his boyhood home to recover from a nervous breakdown on stage, he is not surprised to find the place still haunted. He is surprised, however, at the presence of two new lodgers who have covertly settled into his old roost. And he is soon overwhelmed by how they, coupled with an onslaught of disturbing memories, compel him to confront the clutter that has become his life: ruined career, tenuous marriage, and troubled relationship with an estranged daughter destined for doom.

Ghosts

by John Banville

In this brilliantly haunting new novel, John Banville forges an unforgettable amalgam of enchantment and menace that suggests both The Tempest and his own acclaimed The Book of Evidence. "A surreal and exquisitely lyrical new novel by one of the great stylists writing in English today."--Boston Globe.

La guitarra azul

by John Banville

El gran John Banville, Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, en su continua búsqueda de la perfección, se desafía a sí mismo y a los lectores: su novela más esperada. «Cuando se trata de la primera vez, el robo y el amor tienen mucho en común.» Esta es la historia de un hombre que se enamoró de una mujer con forma de chelo.Y la robó. Abandonado por su musa, Oliver Orme ha dejado de pintar. Quizá ya no sea un pintor, pero siempre será un ladrón. No roba por dinero, sino por el placer casi erótico de quitarle algo a otro. Posesiones como la irresistible Polly, la mujer de su gran amigo Marcus. Cuando este robo sale a la luz, con consecuencias irreparables para Marcus, Polly, Orme y su mujer Gloria, el culpable se refugia temporalmente en el hogar de su infancia. Un viaje que le obligará a enfrentarse a sí mismo en busca de la redención. Mordaz, ingeniosa, emotiva y demoledora, La guitarra azul disecciona la naturaleza de los celos y las relaciones humanas. Reseñas:«La elocuencia de Banville te transporta a otro mundo... Esta novela es una verdadera obra de arte, una recompensa.»Sameer Rahim, The Telegraph «John Banville genera una profunda satisfacción estética... La guitarra azul se seguirá leyendo -y seguirá cautivando- mucho después de que todas esas novelas tan cacareadas a bombo y platillo hayan acabado en la papelera de la historia de la literatura.»Andrew Riemer, The Sydney Morning Herald «Un logro notable: la obra de un autor que no es un simple conocedor del dolor y de la elocuencia, sino del consuelo de aprender a pensar, a mirar y a escuchar.»Matthew Adams, The National «Banville sitúa las palabras al trasluz con la meticulosidad de un relojero o un poeta... Se revela, una vez más, como uno de los mejores y más expertos testigos de la literatura contemporánea.»Kate Kellaway, The Guardian «Tal vez sea la más divertida y accesible de las numerosas novelas de Banville... Bella y desgarradora.»Jon Michaud, The Washington Post «La guitarra azul prolonga la investigación en la que Banville se encuentra inmerso, un estudio de la naturaleza de la representación y el ritmo, de principio a fin, con un corazón filosófico.»Stephanie Bishop, The Australian «Como siempre, Banville traza el recorrido de este viaje de autodescubrimiento con el característico lenguaje que él domina con tanto donaire: preciso y sin embargo evocador, clarividente y con los pies en la tierra, mas con los destellos de la mutabilidad y el misterio del arte.»Wendy Smith, Boston Globe «John Banville retorna al mundo del arte en esta referencial cajita de compartimentos secretos, que te atrapa sin hacer ruido.»Val Nolan, Irish Examiner

Imposturas

by John Banville

Un estudio del deseo y la identidad. Una novela magistral y conmovedora de la mano del Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras John Banville Axel Vander, anciano dandi de las letras, no es el hombre que aparenta ser. Cuando recibe una carta misteriosa que amenaza con desvelar sus secretos, viaja a Turín para encontrarse con su autora. Allí, nublado por la edad y el alcohol e incapaz de distinguir entre realidad y ficción, se enfrentará cara a cara con Cass Cleave, la mujer que tiene el poder de desenmascararlo. ¿Qué fin persigue la joven, destruir a Vander o salvarlo? Atrapados en una realidad distorsionada, ambos personajes gravitan el uno hacia el otro en una relación oscura y perturbadora, condenada al desastre desde el primer momento. La crítica ha dicho... «Uno de esos libros en los que, en principio, se tiene la clara y grata sensación de "ir entrando". Una vez dentro, imposible salir.» Rodrigo Fresán, El País «Lo cierto es que cada una de sus novelas atrae y deleita por la maestría en el desarrollo de la trama, por el dominio de los registros y matices expresivos.»Guillermo Busutil, La Opinión de Málaga «Costará superar el listón de Imposturas, dada su combinación de ingenio, complejidad moral y compasión. Resulta difícil encontrar qué más puede aportar una novela.» Irish Times «Hipnótica. Más que cualquier otro autor contemporáneo, Banville pone de manifiesto la vigente relevancia de términos como arte y obra maestra.» The New York Times Book Review

The Infinities

by John Banville

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra's "young man"--very likely more interested in the father than the daughter--who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit.But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals--among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: "We too are petty and vindictive," he tells us, "just like you, when we are put to it." As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human--a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.From the Hardcover edition.

The Infinities

by John Banville

One long, languid midsummer's day, the Godleys gather at the family home of Arden to attend their father's bedside. Adam, the elder child, and Petra, only nineteen, find that relations with their mother, Ursula, and their dying father, old Adam, are as strained as ever. Adam's relationship with his wife, Helen, seems too on the brink of collapse and Petra, fragile and deeply troubled, finds deepest relief in her own pain. The gods, those mischievous spirits, watch silently, flitting through this dark ménage. Unable to resist intervening in the mortals' lives, they spy, tease and seduce, all the while looking upon the antics of their playthings with a mixture of mild bafflement and occasional envy. Old Adam - husband, father and esteemed mathematician - has made his name grappling with the concept of the infinite. His own time on earth seems to be running out, and his mind runs to disquieting memories. Little does he realize, as he lies mute but alert in the Sky room, that the gods are capable of interposing themselves in the action, and even changing time itself when it pleases them. Overflowing with a bawdy humour, and a deep and refreshing clarity of insight, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a delicately poised, infinitely wise look at the terrible and wonderful plight of being human. In electrifying prose, Banville captures the aching intensity, the magic and enchantment, of a single midsummer's day in Arden.

El intocable

by John Banville

Una de las grandes novelas de John Banville, Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, basada en la vida de Anthony Blunt, el controvertido espía de la Reina de Inglaterra y del Kremlin. Corren los años treinta y la amenaza de la guerra sobrevuela Europa. Fascismo y comunismo amenazan con sacudir los cimientos de Inglaterra, que ignora que tiene al enemigo dentro de sus fronteras: Moscú ha puesto los ojos en un grupo de jóvenes cultos, idealistas y triunfadores, que no levanta sospechas. Cuarenta años después, Victor Maskell ve cómo un comunicado en la Cámara de los Comunes revela su condición de agente doble. Pero ¿quién lo ha sacrificado, y a cambio de qué? ¿Puede un célebre historiador del arte experto en Poussin, marido y padre, agente de la reina, ser al tiempo amante homosexual y espía de Stalin? Y de todas esas traiciones, ¿cuál es la que más pesa? Reseñas:«Fascinante e ingeniosa casi hasta la exageración. Es el libro más completo que leído en mucho tiempo, una obra consumada, del cuño de un autor de inmenso talento.»Richard Ford «La belleza va de la mano de la ironía. Atrae y deleita por la maestría en el desarrollo de la trama y en el dominio de los registros y matices expresivos, y por su reflexión sobre los secretos del corazón humano.»Declaración del Jurado del Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras «Relata con agudeza psicológica, ironía a menudo frontera del sarcasmo, y con su habitual virtuosismo estilístico, una época apasionante.»Maria Teresa Lezcano, Sur

Kepler

by John Banville

'Superbly illuminates the man, the time, and the everlasting quest for knowledge' Observer Johannes Kepler, born in 1571 in south Germany, was one of the world's greatest mathematicians and astronomers. This novel brilliantly recreates his life and his incredible drive to chart the orbits of the planets and the geometry of the universe while being driven from exile to exile by religious and domestic strife. At the same time it illuminates the harsh realities of the Renaissance world; rich in imaginative daring but rooted in poverty, squalor and the tyrannical power of emperors. 'Narrative art at a positively symphonic level' Guardian 'One knows one is in the presence of a writer extraordinary. Wearing his vast research lightly, Mr Banville not only summons Kepler and his company of vivid souls but leads us into the small dark rooms' Sunday Telegraph 'This very distinguished novel . . . is done with very considerable skill; it suggests that this is what such a life must indeed have been like and the result is a wonderfully human figure, rife with feelings, principles, regrets and courage' Sunday Times 'An outstandingly good novel . . . a novel that dramatizes and celebrates intellectual passion. Which makes it a very rare novel indeed' Irish Press

El libro de las pruebas

by John Banville

La perfecta introducción al universo Banville«Una novela sorprendente, perturbadora» (The New York Times Book Review) , por el ganador del Premio Booker y del Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras.Freddie Montgomery es un científico de talento exiliado en una isla del Mediterráneo. Llegado el momento de saldar una deuda, su mujer y su hijo son retenidos como garantía de pago, y él regresa a Irlanda para conseguir fondos en una búsqueda que termina en el robo de un cuadro valioso y el asesinato de una joven. ¿El móvil del crimen? Ni la avaricia, ni la venganza. Ha matado porque «podía hacerlo»: es un asesino accidental como el que quizá todos llevamos dentro. Mientras espera juicio escribe esta confesión como un intento de presentar las pruebas, no ya de su inocencia, sino de los acontecimientos que lo han llevado a esa celda y han marcado el recorrido de su vida entera.Reseñas: «Cada creación suya atrae y deleita por la maestría en el desarrollo de la trama y en el dominio de los registros y matices expresivos, y por su reflexión sobre los secretos del corazón humano. »Declaración del Jurado del Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2014 «Una gran obra en la que cada suave momento detona en voz baja para mostrar un mortífero destello interior.»Don DeLillo«La recomiendo como introducción a Banville.»Francisco García Pérez, La Opinión de Tenerife«El más grande escritor irlandés vivo #con el permiso de William Trevor# y el mejor estilista de la lengua inglesa.» Begoña Arce y Elena Hevia, El Periódico de Extremadura«No un relato policial, sino una novela psicológica fascinante y trabajada en cada línea.»Eduardo García, Diario de Mallorca«Heredero de la literatura de Nabokov, destaca en su estilo lacuidada construcción de cada frase, la narración en primera persona y el humor negro.»Gabinete de Prensa de la Biblioteca Nacional de España«Uno de los escritores contemporáneos más inteligentes, más sensibles y más cultos en las letras universales... Un escritor universal que quedará en la historia de la literatura... Hemos premiado no a un hombre más, sino a un novelista esencial en el panorama contemporáneo de las letras universales.»Rosa Navarro Durán, La Nueva España (Jurado del Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2014)«La obra de Banville es un monumento al ser humano desde la complejidad y la profunda oscuridad.»Eduardo García, La Opinión de Málaga«El nosequé nabokoviano; la sensación de ensoñación con la que discurre el relato... Los que tengan ese Banville bien fijada en la cabeza seguramente se lleven una pequeña alegría con el fallo del Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras.» Luis Alemany, El País

Long Lankin

by John Banville

A collection of short stories from the early years of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville's career, Long Lankin explores the passionate emotions--fear, jealousy, desire--that course beneath the surface of everyday life. From a couple at risk of being torn apart by the allure of wealth to an old man's descent into nature, the tales in this collection showcase the talents that launched Banville onto the literary scene. Offering a unique insight into the mind of "one of the great living masters of English-language prose" (Los Angeles Times), these nine haunting sketches stand alone as canny observations on the turbulence of the human condition.

The Lord Chandos Letter and Other Writings

by John Banville Hugo Von Hofmannsthal Joel Rotenber

Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss's greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works. The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here--fin-de-siècle fairy tales from the Vienna of Klimt and Freud, a number of them never before translated into English--propel the reader into a shadowy world of uncanny fates and secret desires. An aristocrat from Paris in the plague years shares a single night of passion with an unknown woman; a cavalry sergeant meets his double on the battlefield; an orphaned man withdraws from the world with his four servants, each of whom has a mysterious power over his destiny.The most influential of all of Hofmannsthal's writings is the title story, a fictional letter to the English philosopher Francis Bacon in which Lord Chandos explains why he is no longer able to write. The "Letter" not only symbolized Hofmannsthal's own turn away from poetry, it captured the psychological crisis of faith and language which was to define the twentieth century.

The Love Object

by John Banville Edna O'Brien

Collected here for the first time are stories spanning five decades of writing by the "short story master." (Harold Bloom)As John Banville writes in his introduction to THE LOVE OBJECT, Edna O'Brien "is, simply, one of the finest writers of our time." The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover.The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings"--"a masterpiece of compression, distilling the pain of a lost, exiled generation" (Sunday Times)--and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins.In 2011, Edna O'Brien's gifts were acknowledged with the most prestigious international award for the story, the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. THE LOVE OBJECT illustrates a career's worth of shimmering, potent prose from a writer of great courage, vision, and heart."The most striking aspect of Edna O'Brien's short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity."--John Banville

The Old Devils

by Kingsley Amis John Banville

Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis's The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years--when "all of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast"--nattering, complaining, reminiscing, and, above all, drinking. This more or less orderly social world is thrown off-kilter, however, when two old friends unexpectedly return from England: Alun Weaver, now a celebrated man of Welsh letters, and his entrancing wife, Rhiannon. Long-dormant rivalries and romances are rudely awakened, as life at the Bible and Crown, the local pub, is changed irrevocably. <P><P> Considered by Martin Amis to be Kingsley Amis's greatest achievement--a book that "stands comparison with any English novel of the [twentieth] century"--The Old Devils confronts the attrition of ageing with rare candor, sympathy, and moral intelligence.<P> Man Booker Prize winner

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