Monday August 10, 2020

Banville remains a master of all he surveys

Fiction: The Blue Guitar. By John Banville. Viking, €17.25.

30th August, 2015
John Banville: as freshly perceptive as ever. Picture: Getty

In 1897, the great Modernist Joseph Conrad published his aesthetic manifesto. “A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art,” he wrote, “should carry its justification in every line.” A terrifying standard. How many novelists have even attempted to live up to it? How many have tried to make every sentence of every work they publish its own justification?

Among living writers, very few. Chief among these is John Banville....

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Harlots is a rambunctious yet comic series that portrays the often chaotic lives of 18th-century sex workers without bolting on modern social attitudes to the mores of the time

Emmanuel Kehoe | 1 day ago

We ask a different expert to solve your problems each week. This week, chartered occupational psychologist Louize Carroll gives a reader advice on how to become more self-reliant and enjoy their alone time

Louize Carroll | 1 day ago

A BBC reality favourite is added to the Netflix catalogue, a radio show upacks the latest films as cinemas reopen, and a millennial mayor is the subject of a new documentary

Jenny Murphy Byrne | 1 day ago