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Very Good+ 9780446392822. Marfree, tight square; pps toned no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 0.75 x 8 x 5.25 Inches; 233 pages; Synopsis: A work of dazzling imagination, Mefisto assesses the price any true scientist or artist must pay to pursue his calling, and the cost the choice extracts from our mortal humanity and our ability to live fully. The New York Times Book Review-Amy BoazMefisto is a novel of virtuosic scope, written in a style as pristine as the rarefied mountain air atop the Brocken, the witches' gathering place on Walpurgisnacht. "Stunner..., August 20, 2001 By T. BRANNEY (London, United Kingdom)-Banville is certainly one of the most exciting writers of the last 30 years, and this is a mesmerising display of his talents. On one level this is a book bristling with symbols, wherein a young man attempts to reconcile the opposing forces of chaos and order in which he finds himself. Working within and alongside this is the puzzle of the book itself. Themes are repeated, mutated and re-presented...the truth (of events and motives, of the world itself)always lying just out of reach for the narrator. As ever Banville is passionately in love with language. His glittering, post-modern premise is rendered with such a rich landscape of imagery and description that literally every paragraph of the book soars and the reader is left reeling in wonder. But Banville is also spare and wonderfully witty: "In the midst of wind-shivered foliage a deer would silently materialize-a glossy eye and a glistening tear-track, a stump of a tail, a unicorns dainty hoof" The poetic prose feels pared down, as if he's considered the cleanest, sharpest approach to each detail. So, in short, if you love language, if you love literature then surrender to Banville!
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