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'Time Pieces' is author John Banville's tribute to Dublin, the city that helped to shape him

Irish author John Banville is best known for novels such as “The Sea,” which won the Booker Prize, along with "Ghosts," "The Blue Guitar," and last year’s "Mrs. Osmond."

In “Time Pieces,” Banville turns to memoir in an attempt to trace how Dublin shaped his personal and professional life.

Banville, 72, grew up outside of Dublin, in the small community of Wexford, in the 1950s. Having the city close enough to visit, yet distant enough to romanticize, seemed perfect for a boy learning to see

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