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One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjec One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjected to a disgrace that is almost a kind of death. But at whose instigation? As Maskell retraces his tortuous path from his recruitment at Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment, we discover a figure of manifold doubleness: Irishman and Englishman; husband, father, and lover of men; betrayer and dupe. Beautifully written, filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskells co-conspirators, and vibrant with the mysteries of loyalty and identity, The Untouchable places John Banville in the select company of both Conrad and le Carré. Contemporary fiction gets no better than this... Banvilles books teem with life and humor. - Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review Victor Maskell is one of the great characters in recent fiction... The Untouchable is the best work of art in any medium on [its] subject. - Washington Post Book World As remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland; Joyce and Beckett notwithstanding. - San Francisco Chronicle

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One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjec One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjected to a disgrace that is almost a kind of death. But at whose instigation? As Maskell retraces his tortuous path from his recruitment at Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment, we discover a figure of manifold doubleness: Irishman and Englishman; husband, father, and lover of men; betrayer and dupe. Beautifully written, filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskells co-conspirators, and vibrant with the mysteries of loyalty and identity, The Untouchable places John Banville in the select company of both Conrad and le Carré. Contemporary fiction gets no better than this... Banvilles books teem with life and humor. - Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review Victor Maskell is one of the great characters in recent fiction... The Untouchable is the best work of art in any medium on [its] subject. - Washington Post Book World As remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland; Joyce and Beckett notwithstanding. - San Francisco Chronicle
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Title Untouchable Height 197 mm
John Banville Width 130 mm
ISBN-13 9780330339322 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #033033932X Spine Width 26 mm
Publisher Young Picador Pages 416
Edition New ed Availability Out Of Stock

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