British (Irish-born) novelist and philosopher
wrote novels "A Fairly Honorable Defeat" 1970, "Bruno's Dream" 1973, "The Black Prince" 1973, "The Sacred and Profane Love Machine" 1974, "The Sea, the Sea" 1978 (Booker Prize 1978), "The Message to the Planet" 1989
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- "The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries."
- "A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the faÃ§ade of his appearance."