Irish Writers Book Club: The Untouchable
This month's book discussion will be about The Untouchable by John Banville.
One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence, for many years art expert to the Queen. Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjected to a disgrace that is almost a kind of death. But at whose instigation?
As Maskell retraces his tortuous path from his recruitment at Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment, we discover a figure of manifold doubleness: Irishman and Englishman; husband, father, and lover of men; betrayer and dupe. Beautifully written, filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskell's co-conspirators, and vibrant with the mysteries of loyalty and identity, The Untouchable places John Banville in the select company of both Conrad and le Carre.
Read the best Ireland has to offer! From the land of great story-tellers, we will be reading famous and lesser-known Irish authors, including contemporary and classic writers of fiction, non-fiction, and plays. We will discuss style, sense of place, history, psychology, culture, and the Diaspora. If you are interested in great writing, this is a group you will enjoy being a part of. Upcoming authors include Edna O’Brien, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Donal Ryan, Colum McCann. Come for the books, stay for the craic! Meetings are held on the second floor at the gallery tables.
- Wednesday, January 16, 2019
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Hosmer Gallery