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Is there a numerical solution to the quest for the meaning of life?

A brilliant reworking of the classic Dr Faustus theme, Mefisto focuses on the mathematically gifted Gabriel Swan, who seeks a numerical solution to his quest for order and meaning in life.

Mefisto renders all superlatives woefully inadequate . . . Undisputed master of language, the laconic pause and the blackly comic, Banville is a supreme stylist . . . He is a magician . . . Another expectedly astonishing and very daring display from this richly, almost wickedly, gifted artist’ Time Out

‘An excellent novel, beautifully written. The sort of thing you have to read more than once – wonderful stuff’ Punch

‘Few writers in Ireland today can arouse such expectation by the advent of a new novel . . . A profound beauty of words displayed by their lover . . . Banville’s great enterprise does not falter . . . read Mefisto straight through; it deserves it’ Irish Times

About John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He was recently awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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Books by John Banville

The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence
The Sea (film tie-in)
The Sea (film tie-in)
Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader
Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader
Kepler
Kepler
Eclipse
Eclipse
Doctor Copernicus
Doctor Copernicus
Birchwood
Birchwood
Athena
Athena
Ghosts
Ghosts
Shroud
Shroud
The Untouchable
The Untouchable
The Newton Letter
The Newton Letter
The Infinities
The Infinities
The Sea
The Sea