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Mar 31 2016
John Banville talks about The Blue Guitar, Benjamin Black, and love of language
JOHN BANVILLE has just completed a new Benjamin Black mystery. "This one is a change from the usual," he tells me. "It's set in Prague in the late 1500s at the court of Rudolf II."
Having only published The Blue Guitar late last year, another novel from the pen of one of Ireland's most distinguished writers is something to look forward to. However Galway should not expect to hear any extracts from this latest Benjamin Black when Banville reads at the forthcoming Cúirt International Festival of Literature. "I never read in public from BB - can't find a voice for him, mysteriously," he explains.
Banville will read from The Blue Guitar at this year's Cúirt, and indeed he is no stranger to the festival, having read at the event numerous times over the years. His most lasting memory from previous Cúirt appearances embodies the old adage that 'You never forget your first time'.
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