Journalism

John Banville reviews Isaiah Berlin’s Building

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by admin

Letters 1960-1975 in the latest edition of The New York Review of Books.

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Franz Kafka Reviews

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by admin

John Banville reviews three recently published books on Franz Kafka in the latest edition of The New York Review of Books. The entire review may be read here

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Review – Evelyn Waugh: A Biography by Selina Hastings

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

Keeping his gin, not his chin, up: Evelyn Waugh finds in Selina Hastings a biographer of maternal sympathy and great acuity . . .

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Review – Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

 

Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker by Anthony Lane 400pp, Picador

The way they were: John Banville is enchanted by Anthony Lane’s collection of film reviews, Nobody’s Perfect . . .

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Review – The Last Magician: Isaac Newton by James Gleick

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

Isaac Newton by James Gleick 288pp, Fourth Estate

The magus: John Banville applauds a biography of Isaac Newton that doesn’t neglect his study of alchemy . . .

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Review – The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles by Michael Wood

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles by Michael Wood 292pp, Chatto

Delphi bound: John Banville searches after knowledge in The Road to Delphi, Michael Wood’s study of oracles past and present . . .

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Review – The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom by Brian Cathcart

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom by Brian Cathcart 288pp, Viking,

Gnat for turning: John Banville applauds The Fly in the Cathedral, Brian Cathcart’s tribute to the scientists who split the atom but insisted on leaving work at six . . .

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Review – Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

King of the jungle: John Banville warms to Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter extraordinaire and a true Hollywood Animal . . .

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Review – The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, translated by Michael Henry Heim

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, translated by Michael Henry Heim 314pp, Faber

Light but sound: Twenty years on, John Banville returns to the Czech Republic’s most famous fictional export, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera . . .

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Review – A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967 by Rachel Cohen

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967 by Rachel Cohen 388pp, Cape

Brief encounters: John Banville is charmed by Rachel Cohen’s study of American artistic friendships, A Chance Meeting . . .

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