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Russell Banks (1940–2023)

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38+ teosta 10,929 jäsentä 299 arvostelua 38 Favorited

Tietoja tekijästä

The oldest of four children, Russell Banks spent his childhood and adolescence in New Hampshire and Eastern Massachusetts. His blue collar, working class background is strongly reflected in his writing. The first in his family to attend college, Banks studied at Colgate University and later näytä lisää graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. While he was establishing himself as a writer, Banks spent time as a plumber, shoe salesman, and a window dresser. Banks's titles include Searching for Survivors, Family Life, Hamilton Stark, The New World, The Book of Jamaica, Trailerpark, The Relation of My Imprisonment, Continental Drift, Success Stories, Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter and Dreaming Up America. Banks has also written numerous poems, stories, and essays. Banks is the recipient of several awards and prizes. Among his accolades are the St. Lawrence Award for Short Fiction, the John Dos Passos Award, and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1986, Continental Drift was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Cloudsplitter (1998) 1,664 kappaletta
The Sweet Hereafter (1991) 1,661 kappaletta
Rule of the Bone (1995) 1,420 kappaletta
Continental Drift (1985) 986 kappaletta
Affliction (1989) 889 kappaletta
The Darling (2004) 808 kappaletta
Lost Memory of Skin (2011) 791 kappaletta
The Reserve (2007) 670 kappaletta
Trailerpark (1981) 249 kappaletta
A Permanent Member of the Family (2013) 197 kappaletta
Foregone (2021) 136 kappaletta
The Magic Kingdom (2022) 128 kappaletta
Book of Jamaica (1980) 121 kappaletta
Success Stories (1986) 121 kappaletta

Associated Works

San Luis Reyn silta (1927) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset4,786 kappaletta
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Avustaja — 1,134 kappaletta
A Walk on the Wild Side (1956) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset636 kappaletta
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (2001) — Avustaja — 492 kappaletta
Birthday Stories (2002) — Avustaja — 456 kappaletta
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Avustaja — 447 kappaletta
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Avustaja — 364 kappaletta
Montreal Stories (2003) — Johdanto, eräät painokset257 kappaletta
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 236 kappaletta
Bad Trips (1991) — Avustaja — 233 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Avustaja — 164 kappaletta
The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 145 kappaletta
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Avustaja — 126 kappaletta
Beneath the Roses (2005) — Avustaja — 102 kappaletta
Prize Stories 2000: The O. Henry Awards (2000) — Avustaja — 98 kappaletta
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 93 kappaletta
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Avustaja — 73 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985) — Avustaja — 61 kappaletta
The Sweet Hereafter [1997 film] (1998) — Original book — 40 kappaletta
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
New Stories from the South 2002: The Year's Best (2002) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
New American Review #4 (1968) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
The Hurly Burly and Other Stories (2021) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset; Toimittaja, eräät painokset9 kappaletta
Speed: Stories of Survival from Behind the Wheel (2002) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Race Traitor 10 (1999) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Fire Exit, 4 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Christmas 1968: 14 poets — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Hearse #15 (1971) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Continental Drift is a powerful book dealing that shows how some of the worst and most exploitive experiences that humans have are born from the trivial failures of imperfect people. Many of the people in this book are hugely flawed and only partly evil. Yet their actions and desperation when magnified by the relentless drive for profit on all things that is capitalism generate absolute horrors and destroy lives and spirits. A book like this should is so important especially now when so many advocates of social justice imagine that people can just "envision the good they want to be" and that that will be enough.… (lisätietoja)
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EthanMiller | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 30, 2024 |
A book that stops you in your tracks. Banks handles an amazing range of narrators with amazing deftness.

Nothing about grief is simple. For people, families, or communities. Banks writes it all here.
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Zonderpaard | 34 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2024 |
Ecriture très dense sans pratiquement de dialogues, ce livre est étonnant par son histoire "inventée" mais que l'on suppose tirée de faits réels, du moins pour la partie terrains rachetés par le géant Disney. J'avoue avoir hâté quelque peu la lecture des dernières pages en lisant en "diagonale" ce qu'écrivait le personnage principal et unique qui s'en registrait sur un magnétophone pour raconter sa vie, ses vérités et sans doute se faire pardonner enfin par la dernière personne vivante de sa famille. Dernier roman de Russel Banks, ce n'est pas celui que je préfère, mais il n'en demeure pas moins pour moi un grand écrivain.… (lisätietoja)
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pangee | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 19, 2024 |
This book is comprised of three dark short stories/novellas written by the late Russell Banks. He passed away in 2023; a loss to American literature. The stories all take place in Sam Dent, a once bustling, now forgotten, decaying town in upstate New York.

My reaction after reading the first story was “Wow…Just wow.” What a great writer. Banks captures well the struggles of people who feel marginalized, the culture that has made a cult hero out of a con man former entertainer and president of the United States and the hate and vitriol that characterizes our current social/political climate as well as the devastating effects of that vitriol.

While the title American Spirits refers to the brand of cigarettes smoked by some of the characters, it of course is a metaphor for so much more. While reading about the sometimes horrors of everyday life may not be for everyone, I think I may have already found my favorite book of 2024.

Thanks to #netgalley and @aaknopf for the ARC.
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vkmarco | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 17, 2024 |



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