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An early classic from the Man Booker-prize winning author of "The Sea." "I am therefore I think." So starts John Banville's 1973 novel "Birchwood," a novel that centers around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and despair. Delving deep into family secrets--a cold father, a tortured mother, an insane grandmother--Gabriel also recalls his first encounters with love and loss. At once a novel of a family, of isolation, and of a blighted Ireland, "Birchwood" is a remarkable and complex story about the end of innocence for one boy and his country, told in the brilliantly styled prose of one of our most essential more

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  • Paperback | 171 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 030727912X
  • 9780307279125
  • 245,476

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" This is one of the most startling of the century's varied achievements in Irish writing." -- Seamus Deane " John Banville is one of the greatest masters of the English language." -- "The Scotsman" " "Birchwoo"d represents a watershed in contemporary Irish writing.." -- Colm Toibinshow more

About John Banville

John Banville is the author of ten novels, including the Man Booker-prize winning novel "The Sea." He lives in Dublin, more

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