John Banville: 'I have to get away from here'

Man Booker Prize winner reveals why he wants to leave Dublin city centre

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
3rd July, 2016
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John Banville in his office off Bachelors Quay in Dublin PIc: Bryan Meade

You don’t know John Banville. How could you? John Banville doesn’t know John Banville.

He’s sitting opposite me, almost knee-to-knee, on Bloomsday, in the small apartment off Bachelors Quay in Dublin that he uses as an office.

He’s talking about identity, the self and the many John Banvilles who exist. The Banville sitting in front of me, he says, is a very different man to the one who sits...

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