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The Sea [Signed]

by BANVILLE, John

Condition: Very Fine/Very Fine


London: Picador, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Fine/Very Fine. First Impression, unread and signed by Banville on the title page, of this "modern classic." 8vo: [6],264pp. Publisher's Prussian blue cloth, spine stamped brightly in gilt, grey end papers, illustrated dust jacket priced £16.99. Virtually flawless, crisp, clean and bright. In a Paris Review interview, Banville described The Sea, his fourteenth novel, as a "direct return to my childhood, to when I was ten or so. The book is set in a fictionalized Rosslare, the seaside village where we went every summer as children." The story is told, as a reflective journal, by Max Morden, a retired art historian "attempting to reconcile himself to the deaths of those he loved as a child and as an adult. The book received many excellent reviews on publication, although it was the winning of the Booker Prize in 2005, against exceptionally strong competition, that set The Sea on the road to becoming a modern classic. The novel is one of Banville's best, and its author, as is often claimed, one of the most innovative contemporary writers in English." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.


John Banville is an Irish novelist and screenwriter born in 1945. He sometimes writes under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. His eighteenth novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. Banville is known for the dark humor of his arch narrators and his cold, inventive prose style. In this novel, Banville's main character is Max Morden, an art historian, who has recently suffered the demise of his beloved wife Anna. It is a journey back down the earliest roadways and alleys of Max's memory. Intertwined within this story are Max’s memories of his wife, Anna and of their life together; his relationship with his grown daughter, Claire, who is desperate to pull him from his grief; and with the other boarders at the house where he is staying, where the past beats inside him “like a second heart.” John Banville, famous for his poetic language, now gives us a uniquely reflective novel about loss, love and the transfiguring power of memory.  


  • Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: BB1418
  • Title: The Sea [Signed]
  • Author: BANVILLE, John
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Fine
  • Jacket condition: Very Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 2005
  • Bookseller catalogs: MODERN FIRSTS;


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