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The Blue Guitar

(2015)
A novel by

 
John Banville, the Man Booker Prize - winning author of The Sea and Ancient Light, now gives us a new novel - at once trenchant, witty, and shattering - about the intricacies of artistic creation, about 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 ("O O O. An absurdity. You could hang me over the door of a pawnshop"), is a painter of some renown and a petty thief who has never before been caught and steals only for pleasure. Both art and the art of thievery have been part of his "endless effort at possession," but now he's pushing fifty, feels like a hundred, and things have not been going so well. Having recognized the "man-killing crevasse" that exists between what he sees and any representation he might make of it, he has stopped painting. And his last act of thievery - the last time he felt its "secret shiver of bliss" - has been discovered. The fact that the purloined possession 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 a tragedy that has long haunted 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 has called home, and of the way he has apprehended the world around him ("one of my eyes is forever turning towards the world beyond"), Olly reveals the very essence of a man who, in some way, has always been waiting to be rescued from himself.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Blue Guitar (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-8041-7361-3 / 978-0-8041-7361-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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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Audio Editions

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)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Blue Guitar: A Novel
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

September 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
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September 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Blue Guitar: A novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Blue Guitar
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Penguin
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