[ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ] [ Edition: Reprint ] Publisher: Vintage Pub Date: 6/8/2004 Binding: Paperback Pages: 272.
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One part Nietzsche, one part Humbert Humbert, and a soupcon of
Milton's Lucifer, Axel Vander, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator
of John Banville's masterful new novel, is very old, recently
widowed, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary
dandy and bully. A product of the Old World, he is also an escapee
from its conflagrations, with the wounds to prove it. And
everything about him is a lie.
Now those lies have been unraveled by a mysterious young woman whom
Vander calls "Miss Nemesis." They are to meet in Turin, a city best
known for its enigmatic shroud. Is her purpose to destroy Vander or
to save him-or simply to show him what lies beneath the shroud in
which he has wrapped his life? A splendidly moving exploration of
identity, duplicity, and desire, Shroud
is Banville's most rapturous performance to date.