John Banville, reviews in The New York Review of Books (to April 2007)

Source: New York Review of Books [online] - Banville: Author 125 [link] - accessed 10.04. 2007.
  • 1 March 2007: Executioner Songs, review of House of Meetings by Martin Amis
  • 21 Dec. 2006: Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Correspondence translated from the German by Edward Snow and Michael Winkler Letters from the Heights; see also replies from John Friedmann and Richard Stern, each taking Banville to task for using the J.B. Leishman trans. of the poems of Rilke (29 March 2007)
  • 13 July 2006: In the Luminous Deep - review of Swithering, Slow Air, and A Painted Field by all Robin Robertson
  • 23 Feb. 2006: Homage to Philip Larkin, review of Collected Poems (2003) by Philip Larkin, edited and with an introduction by Anthony Thwaite; First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin by Richard Bradford; Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion; Collected Poems (1988) by Philip Larkin, edited and with an introduction by Anthony Thwaite; Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, 1940–1985 edited by Anthony Thwaite; Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces, 1955–1982 by Philip Larkin
  • 22 Sept. 2005: The Furies, review of Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
  • 26 May 2005: A Day in the Life, review of Saturday by Ian McEwan; see also John Sutherland, ‘Squash’ [‘I don’t agree with John Banville’s judgment that “Saturday is a dismayingly bad book”] (23 June 2005) - but see also note.
  • 16 Dec. 2004: Sentimental Education, review of Villages by John Updike
  • 2 Dec. 2004: The Missing Link, review of Langrishe, Go Down; A Bestiary, and Flotsam & Jetsam, all by Aidan Higgins
  • 8 April 2004: The Sacrifice, review of Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake by Carol Loeb Shloss
  • 11 March 2004: A Double Life, review of Judge Savage by Tim Parks
  • 26 Feb. 2004: The Rescue of W.B. Yeats, review of W. B. Yeats: A Life II: The Arch-Poet 1915–1939 by R.F. Foster
  • 6 Nov. 2003: Good Man, Bad World, review of Orwell: The Life by D. J. Taylor and Inside George Orwell by Gordon Bowker
  • 3 July 2003: Secret Geometry, review of Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World with essays by Philippe Arbaïzar, Jean Clair, Claude Cookman, Robert Delpire, Peter Galassi, Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Jean Leymarie, and Serge Toubiana, and with translations from the French by Jane Brenton
  • 15 May 2003: Keeping Busy, review of The Kick: A Memoir by Richard Murphy
  • 10 April 2003: By George, review of Becoming George: The Life of Mrs. W. B. Yeats by Ann Saddlemyer
  • 26 Sept. 2002: On the Fatal Shore, review of Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish by Richard Flanagan
  • 9 May 2002: In the Puddles of the Past, review of Irish Classics by Declan Kiberd and Poetry & Posterity by Edna Longley
  • 14 Feb. 2002: Cowboys and Indians, review of Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter; see also reply by Floyd Abrams [accusing him of exonerating Blunt], with an answer to same (March 14, 2002)
  • 4 Oct. 2001: Fathers and Sons, review of The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848–1914 by J.W. Burrow
  • 29 March 2001: The Wild Colonial Boy, review of True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  • 8 Feb. 2001: Joyce in Bloom, review of The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste, 1904–1920 by John McCourt
  • 10 August 2000: Coupling, review of The Married Man by Edmund White; Edmund White: The Burning World by Stephen Barber, and The Boy with the Thorn in His Side: A Memoir by Keith Fleming
  • 27 April 2000: Landscape Artist, review of Microcosms by Claudio Magris, Translated from the Italian by Iain Halliday
  • 13 April 2000: A Rare Species, review of Being Dead by Jim Crace
  • 20 Jan. 2000: Endgame, review of Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • 16 Dec. 1999: The Motherless Child, review James Joyce by Edna O’Brien
  • 18 Nov. 1999: The Tragicomic Dubliner, review No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O’Brien by Anthony Cronin, and At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
  • 24 June 1999: The Friend of Promise, review of Cyril Connolly: A Life by Jeremy Lewis
  • 14 Jan. 1999: The Dawn of the Gods, review of Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso, translated by Tim Parks
  • 13 Aug. 1998: The Last Days of Nietzsche, review of Nietzsche in Turin: An Intimate Biography by Lesley Chamberlain; and see also and his own response to several letters, 5 Nov. 1998 [‘ widely accepted-by Thomas Mann, among others-that Nietzsche was syphilitic, in the same sense that while it is not proved that Jesus Christ was crucified, it is generally accepted that he was.’]
  • 20 Nov. 1997: A Life Elsewhere, review of Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life by J. M. Coetzee
  • 12 June 1997: The European Irishman, review of Independent Spirit by Hubert Butler
  • 20 Feb. 1997: Revelations, review of Selected Stories by Alice Munro and After Rain by William Trevor
  • 14 Nov. 1996: The Painful Comedy of Samuel Beckett, review of Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson; Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist by Anthony Cronin; The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-1946 by Lois Gordon; The Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989 edited by S.E. Gontarski; Eleutheria by Samuel Beckett, translated by Michael Brodsky, and Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett
  • 4 April 1996: That’s Life!, review of Last Orders by Graham Swift
  • 5 Oct. 1995: Nabokov’s Dark Treasures, review of The Magician’s Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction by Michael Wood
  • 10 Aug. 1995: Nice Work, review of Therapy, and Small World: An Academic Romance both by David Lodge,
  • 6 April 1995: Fish and Roses, review of The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel by Andrei Bitov, translated by Susan Brownsberger
  • 2 Feb. 1995: The Un-Heimlich Maneuver, review of The Norton Book of Ghost Stories edited by Brad Leithauser, and Women and Ghosts by Alison Lurie
  • 3 Nov. 1994: War Without Peace, review of Generations of Winter by Vassily Aksyonov, translated by John Glad, translated by Christopher Morris [sic]
  • 9 June 1994: A Real Funny Guy, review of The Russian Girl by Kingsley Amis
  • 3 March 1994: Fatal Attraction, review of Cigarettes Are Sublime by Richard Klein
  • 16 Dec. 1993: Writing on Life Support, review of Beckett’s Dying Words by Christopher Ricks, and Dream of Fair to Middling Women by Samuel Beckett
  • 15 July 1993: Living in the Shadows, review of Judge on Trial by Ivan Klíma, translated by A.G. Brain
  • 8 April 1993: Big News from Small Worlds, review of The Collected Stories by John McGahern, and Ulverton by Adam Thorpe
  • 4 March 1993: An Interview with Salman Rushdie
  • 13 Aug. 1992: The Last Word, review of Nohow On: Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, and Worstward Ho all by Samuel Beckett; see also response by Everett C. Frost (5. Nov. 1992)
  • 14 May 1992: Playing House, review of A Landing on the Sun by Michael Frayn, and Daughters of Albion by A. N. Wilson
  • 21 Nov. 1991: Winners, review of Jump and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer, Playing the Game by Ian Buruma, and Asya by Michael Ignatieff
  • 26 Sept. 1991: Relics, review of Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria by William Trevor
  • 30 May 1991: Slouching Toward Bethlehem, review of Selected Poems by Derek Mahon, and Madoc: A Mystery by Paul Muldoon
  • 14 Feb. 1991: Laughter in the Dark, review of New World Avenue, Vicinity by Tadeusz Konwicki, translated by Walter Arndt, Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, translated by Michael Henry Heim, and Helping Verbs of the Heart by Péter Esterházy, translated by Michael Henry Heim
  • 6 Dec. 1990: In Violent Times, review of Amongst Women by John McGahern, Lies of Silence by Brian Moore, and The Innocent by Ian McEwan
  • 25 Oct. 1990: Portrait of the Critic as a Young Man, review of Warrenpoint by Denis Donoghue
  • 12 April 1990: Help Salman Rushdie [letter, with others, opposing Iranian fatwa against Salman Rushdie.]

Note: In a review of Martin Amis, The House of Meetings (NYRB, 1 March 2007), Banville writes of the ‘ridiculous charges of plagiarism leveled against Ian McEwan for his novel Atonement’ .

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