Frases de John Banville
Data de nascimento: 8. Dezembro 1945
Outros nomes: جان بنویل, Benjamin Black
William John Banville , que escreve como John Banville e às vezes como Benjamin Black, é um escritor irlandês, romancista, adaptador de peças de teatro e guionista. Reconhecido pelo seu estilo de prosa preciso, frio, forense, com uma inventividade Nabokoviana, e pelo humor negro dos seus geralmente maliciosos narradores, Banville é considerado "um dos romancistas literariamente mais imaginativos escrevendo na língua inglesa actual." Ele tem sido descrito como o "herdeiro de Proust, via Nabokov."Banville recebeu inúmeros prémios na sua carreira. O seu romance The Book of Evidence foi indicado para o Prémio Man Booker e recebeu o prémio Guinness Peat Aviation em 1989. O seu décimo quarto romance, The Sea , ganhou o Prémio Man Booker em 2005. Em 2011, Banville foi galardoado com o Prémio Franz Kafka, e em 2013 ganhou o PEN Award irlandês e o Prémio de Estado de Literatura Europeia austríaco. Em 2014, recebeu o Prémio Príncipe de Astúrias de literatura É considerado um candidato ao Prémio Nobel da Literatura. A ambição declarada de Banville é dar à sua prosa "o tipo de densidade e a espessura que tem a poesia".De 2006 a 2014, publicou oito romances policiais como Benjamin Black, em seis dos quais aparece a personagem Quirke, um patologista irlandês que é apresentado como vivendo em Dublin.
Citações John Banville
The opening line of a juvenile and "dreadful imitation" of Joyce's Dubliners - John Banville http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jun/10/johnbanville?INTCMP=SRCH, The Guardian (22 July 2008).
John Banville http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jun/10/johnbanville?INTCMP=SRCH, The Guardian (22 July 2008).
„The older I get, the more confused I get. I used to think that age would bring wisdom. It doesn't, it just brings confusion. But I find that this confusion is artistically useful. It's a kind of progression, a negative progression. It's moving into areas that you didn't know were there. It becomes more dreamlike all the time. When I was starting out as a novelist, I would have been furious if anyone said to me that novels are dream-like or that they're doing things the novelist didn't know he was doing. Now, I find that it's absolutely true.“
Oblique dreamer (2000)
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„[On book reviewing] I will only turn down a book if I know I won't be able to muster enough interest to read the bloody thing. Or if I realize that I despise the author, and that I'm just going to become hysterical in my dispraise. A couple of times in my life I've disobeyed my own rule, and later regretted it. […] It's a delicate business. All too often, if one writes a favorable notice, it's seen as a product of the old-boy network, and if one dispraises a book, it's seen as envy. Nobody seems able to accept that I review books as a book reviewer, not as a competing novelist. When I review, I'm being as honest as I can. And I'm saying to the reading public — the minuscule segment of the reading public that reads reviews — that this is my judgment.“
„I feel that over the past 15 years, there has been a steady move toward more populist work. I do feel - and of course I'm completely biased - that this year was a return to the better days of the 80s and early 90s. It was a very good short list and a decent jury; it didn't have any stand-up comedians or media celebs on it, and I think that's what the Man Booker prize should be. There are plenty of other rewards for middle-brow fiction. There should be one decent prize for [pause] real books.“
14th time lucky (2005)
„I could have kept [writing "Irish" novels such as Birchwood] and probably had a good deal more success than I did, especially on this side of the Atlantic. But you have to try to do many things. You have to try to do things that you actually think you're incapable of.“
Once More Admired Than Bought, A Writer Finally Basks in Success (1990)
Oblique dreamer (2000)
„Saramago is … interesting, but I don't think I would put it higher than that … [he] ventures too far into the realm of 'magic realism' for my taste. Reality itself is magical enough without inventing whimsicalities.“
Quote from The militant magician http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/dec/28/featuresreviews.guardianreview11?INTCMP=SRCH, The Guardian (28 December 2002).
„I would have failed, of course, but failure is the condition of the artist's life. What kind of failure would I have enjoyed, suffered? I know it was not all waste. My hopeless daubings taught me to look at the world with a painter's eye, despite the poor connection between eye and hand. And the smells of turpentine and linseed oil and paint-soaked rags still make my blood tingle. But words were my calling, and called to me, and I let fall the brush.“
My other life: John Banville http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/30/my-other-life-john-banville?INTCMP=SRCH, The Observer (30 November 2008).