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The Untouchable * SIGNED * - FIRST EDITION: Banville, John The Untouchable * SIGNED * - FIRST EDITION: Banville, John

The Untouchable * SIGNED * - FIRST EDITION

Banville, John

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ISBN 10: 0679451080 / ISBN 13: 9780679451082
Published by A.A. Knopf, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Stated FIRST American Edition AND FIRST Printing. A FLAWLESS volume, in same condition UNclipped dust jacket. * SIGNED * (signature only) by author on title page. Clean, tight, no markings at all. A FIRST/FIRST. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000447

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Title: The Untouchable * SIGNED * - FIRST EDITION

Publisher: A.A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

wenty years after his "retirement, " ex-spy Victor Maskell attempts to come to terms with what has happened to his life by embarking on his memoirs. This is the plot which fuels Banville's stunning new novel--a story that goes beyond the mere facts of espionage to penetrate the intricate heart of the spy.

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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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