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The Blue Guitar

(2015)
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light, a new novel - at once trenchant, witty, and shattering - about the intricacies of artistic creation and theft, and about the ways in which we learn to possess one another and to hold on to ourselves. Equally self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, our narrator, Oliver Otway Orme, is a painter of some renown and a petty thief who does not steal for profit and has never before been caught. But he's pushing 50, feels like a hundred, and things have not been going so well lately. Having recognized the "man-killing crevasse" that exists between what he sees and any representation he might make of it - any attempt to make what he sees his own - he's stopped painting. And his last purloined possession - the last time he felt the "secret sliver of bliss" in thievery - has been discovered. The fact that it was the wife of the man who was, perhaps, his best friend has compelled him to run away: from his mistress, his home, his wife, from whatever remains of his impulse to paint and from the tragedy that haunts him, and to sequester himself in the house where he was born, trying to uncover in himself the answer to how and why things have turned out as they have. Excavating memories of family, of places he's called home, and of the way he has apprehended the world around him ("no matter what else is going on, one of my eyes is always swiveling toward the world beyond"), Ollie reveals the very essence of a man who, in some way, has always been waiting to be rescued from himself.

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December 2015 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Blue Guitar (Center Point Large Print)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-62899-787-7 / 978-1-62899-787-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
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September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Blue Guitar: A novel
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-385-35426-6 / 978-0-385-35426-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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September 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-241-00432-2 / 978-0-241-00432-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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August 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blue Guitar (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-8041-7361-3 / 978-0-8041-7361-2 (USA edition)
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-241-97001-6 / 978-0-241-97001-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-241-00433-0 / 978-0-241-00433-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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February 2016 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4906-9428-5 / 978-1-4906-9428-3 (USA edition)
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Title: The Blue Guitar: A Novel
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Title: The Blue Guitar: A Novel
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Blue Guitar
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Title: The Blue Guitar
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September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Blue Guitar: A novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Vintage
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Title: The Blue Guitar
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Publisher: Penguin
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