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The Untouchable by John Banville ( Signed by Author)
Examines the lives of the Cambridge spies, and in particular Anthony Blunt. The story is told by Blunt, in the form of a journal which starts on the “first day of the new life”. The author uses the “secret life” as a way to explore the darker realms of the 20th century and its hidden minds.
A brilliant, engaging, and highly literate espionage-cum-existential novel, John Banville’s The Untouchable concerns the suddenly-exposed double agent Victor Maskell, a character based on the real Cambridge intellectual elites who famously spied on the United Kingdom in the middle of the 20th century. But Maskell–scholar, adventurer, soldier, art curator, and more–respected and still living in England well past his retirement from espionage, looked like he was going to get away with it when suddenly, in his 70s and sick with cancer, he is unmasked. The question of why, and by whom is not as important for Maskell as the larger question of who finally he himself really is, why he spied in the first place, and whether his many-faceted existence adds up to an authentic life.
William John Banville (born 8 December 1945) is an Irish novelist, short story writer, adapter of dramas and screenwriter. Though he has been described as “the heir to Proust via Nabokov”, Banville himself maintains that Yeats and Henry James are the two real influences on his work.
A hardcover edition, signed by the Author on the title page, with dark grey boards, gilt lettering and unclipped, illustrated dust jacket. There is some foxing and toning but the text is clear and legible. There is some slight rubbing to the edges of the dust jacket and a small tear to the topright-hand edge. See photo. Booker Prize-Winning Author (for “The Sea”)
Now in a clear plastic cover to protect from damage.
Publisher: Picador, London.
Publication Date: 1997.
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