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The Untouchable

Banville, John

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ISBN 10: 0330339311 / ISBN 13: 9780330339315
Published by Picador, London, United Kingdom, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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This is a fictionalized story based on the life of Sir Anthony Blunt, the Keeper of the Queen's Pictures, who was exposed as the fourth man in the infamous Cambridge Spy Circle (Philby, Burgess, McLean). A brilliant exploration of how the exposure changed an old man's life. SIGNED by the author. As new, in protective mylar dust jacket cover. Bookseller Inventory # 4071A

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Title: The Untouchable

Publisher: Picador, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The acclaimed author of "The Book of Evidence" takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of serpentine menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. Winner of the Lannan Literary Award.

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A brilliant, engaging, and highly literate espionage-cum-existential novel, John Banville's The Untouchable concerns the suddenly-exposed double agent Victor Maskell, a character based on the real Cambridge intellectual elites who famously spied on the United Kingdom in the middle of the 20th century. But Maskell--scholar, adventurer, soldier, art curator, and more--respected and still living in England well past his retirement from espionage, looked like he was going to get away with it when suddenly, in his 70s and sick with cancer, he is unmasked. The question of why, and by whom is not as important for Maskell as the larger question of who finally he himself really is, why he spied in the first place, and whether his many-faceted existence adds up to an authentic life.

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