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The author of the book: John Banville
Date of issue: June 2014
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Billy Gray bio je moj najbolji prijatelj, a ja sam se zaljubio u njegovu majku.
Sunčana jutra ukradena na stražnjem sjedalu automobila, zabranjena poslijepodneva u ruševnoj kolibi usred šume – pedesete su godine prošlog stoljeća, a u irskome obalnom gradiću petnaestogodišnji se dječak tajno sastaje s tridesetpetogodišnjom majkom svojega najboljeg prijatelja. Trajalo je nepunih pet mjeseci, ali Alexanderu Cleaveu promijenilo je život. Čak i nakon što se zauvijek oprosti od svoje prve ljubavnice, sve što će mu se otad događati bit će u znaku te rane ljubavi, njezinih prvih sumnji i pitanja: “Zašto je odabrala mene?”
Kad se pola stoljeća poslije, nakon tragičnoga gubitka kćeri jedinice, umirovljeni glumac Cleave još jednom pokuša vratiti priči o sebi i gospođi Gray, otkrit će da je malo toga u njoj onakvo kakvim se činilo. Jer ono što gledamo sada, baš kao i ono što ljubomorno čuvamo u sjećanju – daleka je prošlost, svjetlost udaljene zvijezde, a upravo to varljivo i drevno svjetlo Banvilleovu će romanu dati nesvakidašnju ljepotu i dubinu kojom osvaja.
Oživljavajući davno nestala lica, osvjetljavajući nadanja i strepnje mladosti i zrele dobi, roman Svjetlost iz davnine prati trag žudnje samo da bi nam otkrio moćnu zagonetku ljubavi.
“Dobitnik nagrade Booker napisao je roman koji su mnogi skloni proglasiti remek-djelom.”
“Prosvjetljuje, zabavlja, razara... Slično Loliti Vladimira Nabokova... Beskrajno lijepa i neizrecivo duboka meditacija o ljubavi, gubitku i smrti.”
“Izvanredan roman – prepun čežnje i tuge.”
“Banville savršeno hvata duh adolescentske dobi: tijelo koje žudi za seksualnim iskustvom i um u kojemu se magli granica između erotike i emocije... Sjajan roman od kojega zastaje dah!”
Independent on Sunday
“Svjetlost iz davnine ima sve što tražim od ljubavne priče: seksi je, uvjerljiva, skameni te, zabavi, rastuži i ne možeš je zaboraviti.”
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Read information about the authorBanville was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties; his mother was a housewife. He is the youngest of three siblings; his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own. His sister Vonnie Banville-Evans has written both a children's novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.
Educated at a Christian Brothers' school and at St Peter's College in Wexford. Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university. Banville has described this as "A great mistake. I should have gone. I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love. But I wanted to get away from my family. I wanted to be free." After school he worked as a clerk at Aer Lingus which allowed him to travel at deeply-discounted rates. He took advantage of this to travel in Greece and Italy. He lived in the United States during 1968 and 1969. On his return to Ireland he became a sub-editor at the Irish Press, rising eventually to the position of chief sub-editor. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970.
After the Irish Press collapsed in 1995, he became a sub-editor at the Irish Times. He was appointed literary editor in 1998. The Irish Times, too, suffered severe financial problems, and Banville was offered the choice of taking a redundancy package or working as a features department sub-editor. He left. Banville has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1990. In 1984, he was elected to Aosdána, but resigned in 2001, so that some other artist might be allowed to receive the cnuas.
Banville also writes under the pen name Benjamin Black. His first novel under this pen name was Christine Falls, which was followed by The Silver Swan in 2007. Banville has two adult sons with his wife, the American textile artist Janet Dunham. They met during his visit to San Francisco in 1968 where she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Dunham described him during the writing process as being like "a murderer who's just come back from a particularly bloody killing". Banville has two daughters from his relationship with Patricia Quinn, former head of the Arts Council of Ireland.
Banville has a strong interest in vivisection and animal rights, and is often featured in Irish media speaking out against vivisection in Irish university research.
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