Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Product Details

$15.00  $13.95
Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
5.21 X 7.92 X 0.6 inches | 0.51 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He has been the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1976), the Guardian Fiction Prize (1981), the Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award (1989), and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1997). He has been both shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1989) and awarded the Man Booker Prize (2005) as well as nominated for the Man Booker International Prize (2007). Other awards include the Franz Kafka Prize (2011), the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2013), and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature (2014). He lives in Dublin.


"An informed and lively account of an important time and personality by an author of seriousness and talent." --The New York Times

"What Banville writes is historically accurate, but his [are] a novelist's truth, and ... a lover's prose." --Newsweek

"Narrative art ... at a positively symphonic level." --The Guardian

"Superbly illuminates the man, the time, and the everlasting quest for knowledge." --Observer

"One knows one is in the presence of a writer extraordinary. Wearing his vast research lightly, Mr Banville not only summons Kepler and his company of vivid souls but leads us into the small dark rooms." --The Sunday Telegraph

"This very distinguished novel ... is done with very considerable skill; it suggests that this is what such a life must indeed have been like and the result is a wonderfully human figure, rife with feelings, principles, regrets and courage." --The Sunday Times

"An outstandingly good novel ... a novel that dramatizes and celebrates intellectual passion. Which makes it a very rare novel indeed." --The Irish Press