“Cancel, yes, cancel, and begin again”: John Banville’s Path from ‘Einstein” to Mefisto / “Cancele, sim, cancele e comece de novo”: O Caminho de John Banville de Einstein a Mefisto

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Title “Cancel, yes, cancel, and begin again”: John Banville’s Path from ‘Einstein” to Mefisto / “Cancele, sim, cancele e comece de novo”: O Caminho de John Banville de Einstein a Mefisto

 
Creator Powell, Kersti Tarien
 
Subject Mefisto; literary manuscripts; manuscritos literários; narrative voice; voz narrativa; Albert Einstein; science and literature; ciência e literatura.

 
Description Abstract: Focusing on unpublished manuscript materials, this article is the first scholarly attempt to investigate the textual and thematic evolution of John Banville’s Mefisto (1986). As originally conceived, Mefisto would loosely follow Albert Einstein’s life story in order to investigate the moral and political undercurrents of 20th-century European weltanchauung. However, the novel’s five-year-long composition process culminates with the eradication of these historical, moral and scientific concerns. Mefisto is finally born when Banville establishes Gabriel Swan’s narrative voice. As this article argues, this novel constitutes a turning point not only for the science tetralogy but for Banville’s literary career.Resumo: Com foco em manuscritos não publicados, este artigo é a primeira tentativa acadêmica de investigar a evolução textual e temática de Mefisto (1986), de John Banville. Como originalmente concebido, a história de Mefisto seria livremente baseada na vida de Albert Einstein, a fim de investigar as correntes morais e políticas da weltanchauung europeia do século XX. No entanto, o processo de cinco anos de composição do romance culmina com a erradicação dessas preocupações históricas, morais e científicas. Mefisto finalmente nasceu quando Banville estabelece a voz narrativa de Gabriel Swan. Como este artigo argumenta, este romance constitui um ponto de virada não apenas para a tetralogia científica, mas também para a carreira literária de Banville.

 
Publisher FFLCH/ABEI
 
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Date 2020-09-04
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Avaliado pelos pares
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://revistas.fflch.usp.br/abei/article/view/3853
10.37389/abei.v22i1.3853
 
Source ABEI Journal; v. 22, n. 1 (2020): ABEI Journal 22.1 — Word Upon World: Half a Century of John Banville's Universes; 135-146
2595-8127
1518-0581
10.37389/abei.v22i1
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://revistas.fflch.usp.br/abei/article/view/3853/3170
 
Rights Direitos autorais 2020 Kersti Tarien Powell
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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