” – John Banville
Irish writer John Banville, born on this day in 1945, has been labeled "one of the most imaginative literary novelists writing in the English language today" by The Washington Post, which also termed him “Ireland’s Wordsmith.”
Considered a serious contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Banville has already won numerous awards, including The Booker Prize for The Sea and the Guinness Peat Aviation Award for The Book of Evidence. In 2011, Banville was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, and in 2013 the Irish PEN Award, both for his life’s body of work.
Sometimes termed “a dark writer,” Banville's stated ambition is to give his prose "the kind of denseness and thickness that poetry has.” Banville also is a noted crime writer (as Benjamin Black), and a journalist -- writing for The New York Review of Books, The Irish Press and
Considered by critics as a master stylist of English, his writing has been described as perfectly crafted, beautiful, and dazzling. David Mehegan of the Boston Globe calls him "one of the great stylists writing in English today. Banville himself said that he is "trying to blend poetry and fiction into some new form.”
“I want my art to make people look at the world in a new way,” he said. “I mean, what's the point of the art of writing if it doesn't take you into the mysterious?”
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