Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: February 19, 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307560929
ISBN - 13: 9780307560926
From the Publisher
One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in
English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of
exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral
complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of
British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now
he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjected to a disgrace
that is almost a kind of death. But at whose instigation?
As Maskell retraces his tortuous path from his recruitment at
Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment, we
discover a figure of manifold doubleness: Irishman and Englishman;
husband, father, and lover of men; betrayer and dupe. Beautifully
written, filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskell's
co-conspirators, and vibrant with the mysteries of loyalty and
identity, The Untouchable places John Banville in the
select company of both Conrad and le Carre.
Winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction
"Contemporary fiction gets no better than this... Banville's books
teem with life and humor." - Patrick McGrath, The New York
Times Book Review
"Victor Maskell is one of the great characters in recent fiction...
The Untouchable is the best work of art in any medium on
[its] subject." -Washington Post Book World
"As remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland;
Joyce and Beckett notwithstanding." -San Francisco
From the Trade Paperback edition.