Capital gains: Banville remains elusive in his own narrative

Kevin Power reviews John Banville's Dublin memoir

13th November, 2016
John Banville Pic: Getty

Vladimir Nabokov was evidently much on John Banville’s mind during the writing of Time Pieces, his new Dublin memoir – specifically, I would guess, Nabokov’s glittering, enigmatic autobiography, Speak, Memory (1951). “The cradle rocks above an abyss,” that famous book begins, “and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.” Time Pieces offers in its early pages a similar, and similarly phrased, reflection: “What...

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