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John Banville, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 with The Sea, released his new novel, The Infinities, on Tuesday. Narrated mostly by Greek god Hermes, The Infinities is a comedy about the imminent death of mathematician Adam Godley and what happens when his family gathers around him. The gods are meddlesome, injecting themselves into the story as they see fit, and raising questions about humanity, the divine, and who’s really controlling things on earth.
Banville is an elegant writer, and this novel – his 15th – is the release I’ve been anticipating most so far this year. If you can’t make his reading tonight, there’s a great interview with him on The Millions.
BANVILLE READS TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. AT POLITICS AND PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW, FREE, 202-364-1919.