John Banville admires Andrew O’Hagan’s act of canine ventriloquism . . .Read more
An allegory of the fallen man’s predicament, or an expression of guilt at a tormented love affair? John Banville explores the story behind Kafka’s great novel of judgment and retribution . . .Read more
Thank God — or whomever — for this look of transcendentalism says John Banville . . .Read more
‘The force of the idea was such that I drew the car to the side of the road and stopped and, for some reason, laughed’ . .Read more
A trip to California in 1968 proved a heady mix for Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville. He was agog at avocados and afros, and captivated by the voice of Alfred Deller. It was a long way from Dublin . . .Read more
John received the the 2013 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature.
In keeping with the tradition started in 1935, (when the WB Yeats Dinner took place), the annual Irish PEN Award is presented in the company of other leading writers. Members of Irish PEN, as well as previous winners, nominate and vote for the candidate. Since 1999, the award recipients have included John B Keane, Brian Friel, Edna O’Brien, William Trevor, John McGahern, Neil Jordan, Seamus Heaney, Jennifer Johnston, Maeve Binchy, Thomas Kilroy, Roddy Doyle, Brendan Kennelly and Joseph O’Connor.
For Rainer Maria Rilke the year 1903 did not begin auspiciously. He and his wife, the sculptor Clara Westhoff, were living in Paris, where the poet had come in order to write a monograph on Auguste Rodin. The Rilkes were not exactly dazzled by the City of Light. In a letter to his friend the artist Otto Modersohn, dated New Year’s Eve 1902, the poet spoke of Paris as a “difficult, difficult, anxious city” whose beauty could not compensate “for what one must suffer from the cruelty and confusion of the streets and the monstrosity of the gardens, people and things.” A few lines later he compares the French capital to those cities “of which the Bible tells that the wrath of God rose up behind them to overwhelm them and to shatter them.”Read more
Interview by Emily M Keeler, published online at Random House of Canada on 11 October 2012.Read more
Interview by Andrea Burzynski published online at Reuters on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.Read more