Author(s): John Banville
'Fable, intellectual thriller, Gothic extravaganza, symbolist conundrum ...a true work of art' - "Sunday Independent". Is there a numerical solution to the quest for the meaning of life? A brilliant reworking of the classic Dr Faustus theme, "Mefisto" focuses on the mathematically gifted Gabriel Swan, who seeks a numerical solution to his quest for order and meaning in life. '"Mefisto" renders all superlatives woefully inadequate ...Undisputed master of language, the laconic pause and the blackly comic, Banville is a supreme stylist ...He is a magician ...Another expectedly astonishing and very daring display from this richly, almost wickedly, gifted artist' - "Time Out". 'An excellent novel, beautifully written. The sort of thing you have to read more than once - wonderful stuff' - "Punch". 'Few writers in Ireland today can arouse such expectation by the advent of a new novel ...A profound beauty of words displayed by their lover ...Banville's great enterprise does not falter ...read "Mefisto" straight through; it deserves it' - "Irish Times".
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fourteen previous novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.