London: Picador, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression, unread and signed by Banville on the title page, of this "modern classic." 8vo: ,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. Very Fine / Very Fine. Item #BB1418
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.