John Banville is one of the finest and most critically-acclaimed writers of his generation. With elegance, insight and wit, he has secured a devoted readership, and there can be few more eagerly anticipated literary events than a new John Banville novel – and, indeed, this is the first novel under his own name since he won the 2005 Booker Prize with The Sea The Infinities is a bitter-sweet erotic comedy with magical overtones, a sort of demotic Midsummer Night's Dream. Set across one single summer's day, from dawn to the early hours of the next day, it tells the story of Adam, a successful mathematician who is lying in a coma after a stroke, surrounded by his family and a series of unexpected and mysterious guests. Combining myth and social comedy, The Infinities is clever, charming and a true delight.
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of 14 previous novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Booker Prize. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.