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Friday, October 21, 2005

The Many Lives Of Benjamin Black

It's been reported that John Banville is embarking on a series of literary thrillers featuring a Dublin pathologist named Quirke. The first novel, simply called Quirke, deals with a murderous plot involving the Catholic establishment in Dublin and Boston, and will be published by fall 2006.

The thrillers, however, are to be published under the pseudonym of Benjamin Black. Since Banville's new agent and editor themselves are advertising this, one wonders why the need for subterfuge.Perhaps marketing research has thrown up the finding that those who browse in the thriller section of bookstores aren't aware of Banville's other accomplishments?

A quick Google search reveals that Benjamin Black is also a soul/pop singer, a "gothic dentist" (whatever that means), a freshman and crew member at Dartmouth and the co-founder and executive vice-president of an architectural simulation company named Visarc. Good heavens, are all of these Banville's alter egos? Who knew?


  • Gothic dentist sounds very very frightening.

    *crawls under bed grimly clutching on to tightly-closed jaw*

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:18 PM  

  • Too late. Black's gonna get ya

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 12:17 PM  

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