Long Lankin

Stories

by John Banville

Long Lankin

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An early short story collection by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea explores the depths of family dysfunction, insanity and death and includes the stories of a couple being torn apart by wealth and an elderly man's descent into nature and madness.

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Let's begin in Dublin, John Banville's home, always a good place to think of in relation to the contemporary art of fiction, with its Joycean roots and its earthy characters. Joyce's ghost certainly puts its hand on most of the nine stories in Long Lankin, published originally in England in 1970 and now appearing in the U.S. for the first time. And something resembling ghosts — or at least menacing presences in the woods and countryside — haunt the tormented young characters within

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