Athena by John Banville

By John Banville

The 3rd quantity in a trilogy that begun with The ebook of Evidence and Ghosts.

Morrow is at a unfastened finish while, individually, humans beckon him upstairs in an empty Dublin residence. One bargains him paintings of a doubtful type, and the opposite deals him a type of love.

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