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Book review: “Snow” mixes a whodunit with an analysis of Ireland’s restrictive Catholic authority

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“Snow” by John Banville, Hanover Square Press, 2020, 299 pages, $27.99

Two novels unfold on every page of “Snow,” the new book from Irish author John Banville.

That’s not really meant as criticism because for a while, Banville has been two writers anyway. Under his own name he has cemented a well-deserved reputation with deeply moving works like 2005’s Man Booker Prize-winning “The Sea,” which calls to mind the works of Marcel Proust and 2017’s “Mrs. Ormond,” which audaciously continues the story of Isabel Archer from Henry James’ “The Portrait of a Lady.”