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Book Title: Ritratti di Praga|
The author of the book: John Banville
Date of issue: 2005
ISBN 13: 9788882467845
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 22.71 MB
Read full description of the books Ritratti di Praga:«Molto si è scritto sulla bellezza di Praga, ma non sono certo che ’bellezza’ sia la parola che si confà a questa misteriosa, caotica, fantastica, assurda città sulla Moldava...»
Così appare Praga agli occhi e alla memoria di John Banville, che in questo libro, un «tentativo di evocare un luogo tramite uno sforzo combinato di memoria e d'immaginazione», si discosta dai consueti omaggi alla città. La sua è la cronaca sui generis di un viaggio in più tappe, dall’epoca della guerra fredda alla disastrosa alluvione dell’estate 2002, una cronaca in cui i ricordi personali – nostalgici, amari o impietosi – si intrecciano alle non meno vivide suggestioni letterarie, agli echi di una storia sofferta e all’osservazione di una quotidianità dai toni più vari. È il ritratto partecipe di un’entità sfuggente, nella quale agli sguardi severi degli Asburgo si affiancano gli occhi lividi di chi si vende per denaro, dove le guglie della cattedrale sembrano incarnare gli artigli da cui Kafka si sentiva avvinghiato, dove le maestose statue sul ponte Carlo osservano smarrite i clienti del MacDonald’s da poco aperto lì accanto... la città del Golem, dove insigni astronomi quali Tycho Brahe e Giovanni Keplero si perdevano ad ammirare il cielo più che la magnificenza architettonica.
Read information about the authorBanville was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties; his mother was a housewife. He is the youngest of three siblings; his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own. His sister Vonnie Banville-Evans has written both a children's novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.
Educated at a Christian Brothers' school and at St Peter's College in Wexford. Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university. Banville has described this as "A great mistake. I should have gone. I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love. But I wanted to get away from my family. I wanted to be free." After school he worked as a clerk at Aer Lingus which allowed him to travel at deeply-discounted rates. He took advantage of this to travel in Greece and Italy. He lived in the United States during 1968 and 1969. On his return to Ireland he became a sub-editor at the Irish Press, rising eventually to the position of chief sub-editor. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970.
After the Irish Press collapsed in 1995, he became a sub-editor at the Irish Times. He was appointed literary editor in 1998. The Irish Times, too, suffered severe financial problems, and Banville was offered the choice of taking a redundancy package or working as a features department sub-editor. He left. Banville has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1990. In 1984, he was elected to Aosdána, but resigned in 2001, so that some other artist might be allowed to receive the cnuas.
Banville also writes under the pen name Benjamin Black. His first novel under this pen name was Christine Falls, which was followed by The Silver Swan in 2007. Banville has two adult sons with his wife, the American textile artist Janet Dunham. They met during his visit to San Francisco in 1968 where she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Dunham described him during the writing process as being like "a murderer who's just come back from a particularly bloody killing". Banville has two daughters from his relationship with Patricia Quinn, former head of the Arts Council of Ireland.
Banville has a strong interest in vivisection and animal rights, and is often featured in Irish media speaking out against vivisection in Irish university research.
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