Author(s): John Banville

Fiction - Contemporary

'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 "Mefisto" straight through; it deserves it' - "Irish Times".


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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.

General Fields

  • : 9780330372312
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : April 1999
  • : 197mm X 130mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Banville
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 823.914
  • : 240