Banville’s (and Rosenblatt’s) Dublin

John Banville’s Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir (published in Ireland two years ago) has just appeared in the United States. It’s reviewed glowingly in The New York Times by Roger Rosenblatt, who himself lived in Dublin in the mid-1960s. It’s a “delicious” book, he says, one that, “while offering a handful of interesting facts about Dublin, is more about moods and states of mind and how they shape, even create, the so-called real world”. The New York Times also links to a piece from its back pages, in which Banville (in 2004) reflects on youthful encounters with Dublin and Joyce’s Ulysses.

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