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John Banville and The Infinities

Man of the Gods

John Banville 2010 “I say the most outrageous things in interviews," declares John Banville. Like Hermes, the Greek god who narrates his new novel, The Infinities, the celebrated Irish author has quite a mischievous streak.

Since winning the Booker Prize in 2005 with The Sea, for instance, Banville has become fond of telling journalists that he hates his own books, but that they’re "better than everybody else’s." Over a glass of dry white wine at his downtown Toronto hotel before his reading at the Harbourfront Centre, he explains, "I have to add that rider, in case people think I’m saying they’re bad." At a reading in New York last month, when asked by the audience which contemporary writers he admires, he quoted another of The Infinities’ characters, the eminent mathematician Adam Godley: "My peers are all dead.”

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