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Banks, Russell 1940-

Works: 348 works in 1,467 publications in 18 languages and 38,799 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Biography  Biographies  Illustrated works  Drama  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Creator, Actor, Interviewee, Contributor, Publishing director, Speaker, Narrator, Compiler, Photographer, Other
Classifications: PS3552.A49, 813.54
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Cloudsplitter : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

55 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on John Brown, the slavery abolitionist, narrated by one of his 20 children. The narrator is his son Owen, who fought at his father's side and he tells the story in a series of letters to a biographer. Owen describes his father as a loving family man and provides insight into Brown's motives for becoming an abolitionist, including business failures
Lost memory of skin by Russell Banks( Book )

58 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a novel that illuminates the shadowed edges of contemporary American culture with startling and unforgettable results. Suspended in a strangely modern day version of limbo, the young man at the center of this morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders. Barely beyond childhood himself, the Kid, despite his crime, is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and foolish choices he himself struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. A university sociologist of enormous size and intellect, he finds in the Kid the perfect subject for his research on homelessness and recidivism among convicted sex offenders. The two men forge a tentative partnership, the Kid remaining wary of the Professor's motives even as he accepts the counsel and financial assistance of the older man. When the camp beneath the causeway is raided by the police, and later, when a hurricane all but destroys the settlement, the Professor tries to help the Kid in practical matters while trying to teach his young charge new ways of looking at, and understanding, what he has done. But when the Professor's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world, the balance in the two men's relationship shifts. Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider everything he has come to believe, and choose what course of action to take when faced with a new kind of moral decision. In this novel the author examines the indistinct boundaries between our intentions and actions. It probes the zeitgeist of a troubled society where zero tolerance has erased any hope of subtlety and compassion, a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim
Mark Twain by Geoffrey C Ward( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Integrating material from his literary works, diaries, and letters, this illustrated portrait of one of America's greatest writers follows Twain from his childhood, through his travels throughout the world, to his career as a journalist and author
The sweet hereafter : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

75 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, he creates a small town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?
Continental drift by Russell Banks( Book )

90 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 2,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his ill-fated pursuit of the American dream, Bob Dubois finds employment on a fishing boat off the Florida Keys where he becomes involved in a plot to smuggle two Haitians into Florida
The Reserve : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

48 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wife. Twice married, Vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. But on the night of July 4, 1936, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life: her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, and a mysteriously seductive local artist, Jordan Groves, blithely lands his Waco biplane in the pristine waters of the forbidden Upper Lake. ... [Jordan] falls easy prey to her electrifying personality, but it is not long before he discovers that the heiress carries a dark, deeply scarring family secret. Emotionally unstable from the start, and further unhinged by her father's unexpected death, Vanessa begins to spin wildly out of control, manipulating and destroying the lives of all who cross her path.--From publisher description
Rule of the bone : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

75 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The education of Chappie Dorset, 14, thrown out of the house by his mother for stealing from her to buy pot. He drifts from gang to gang and ends up in Jamaica where he meets his drug-dealing father. A voyage of discovery at the end of which he decides to "get my shit together for the future."
The darling by Russell Banks( Book )

64 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hannah Taylor, a political radical wanted by the FBI, flees to Liberia where she befriends the notorious warlord Charles Taylor. When Taylor himself flees to the U.S. to escape embezzlement charges and is thrown into prison, it is Hannah who orchestrates his escape. Years later, Taylor returns to Liberia to foment a bloody rebellion and now Hannah's sons become embroiled in the conflict and she must make heart-rending decisions about the fate of her family
Affliction by Russell Banks( Book )

65 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wade Whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak. Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition
The angel on the roof : the stories of Russell Banks by Russell Banks( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broad in scope and rich in imagination, this new collection by the author of "Affliction" and "The Sweet Hereafter" includes the best of his previous anthologies, newly revised, plus nine new short stories
A permanent member of the family by Russell Banks( Book )

27 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and French and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twelve short works that portrays contemporary American family life visits morally complex themes in a fractured nation of inhabitants searching for connection and understanding
Success stories by Russell Banks( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Success Stories, an exceptionally varied yet coherent collection, Russell Banks proves himself one of the most astute and forceful writers in America today. Queen for a Day, Success Story, and Adultery trace fortunes of the Painter family in there pursuit of and retreat from the American dream. Banks also explores the ethos of rampant materialism in a group of contemporary moral fables. The Fish is an evocating parable of faith and greed set in a Southeast Asian village, The Gully tells of the profitability of violence and the ironies of upward mobility in a Latin American shantytown, and Children's Story explores the repressed rage that boils beneath the surface of relationships between parents and children and between citizens of the first and third worlds
The book of Jamaica by Russell Banks( Book )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and French and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visiting Jamaica, where he is confronted with the beauty, brutality, and social complexity of the island, the unnamed narrator struggles to come to grips with a series of events that frighten and confuse him
It occurs to me that I am America : new stories and art by Richard Russo( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women's March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors--including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child--with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen"--
Dreaming up America by Russell Banks( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the motivations, ideals, and spiritual and material impulses of the early settlers of the United States, and discusses how the American character was formed and has persisted throughout American history, from colonial times up to the present
Trailerpark by Russell Banks( Book )

26 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Get to know the colorful cast of characters at the Granite State Trailerpark, where Flora in number 11 keeps more than a hundred guinea pigs andscreams at people to stay away from her babies, Claudel in number 5 thinks he is lucky until his wife burns down their trailer and runs off with Howie Leeke, and Noni in number 7 has telephone conversations with Jesus and tells the police about them. In this series of related short stories, Russell Banks offers gripping, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, witty, and revealing
Hamilton Stark : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator searches for the true identity of Hamilton Stark, a pipefitter by profession, a New Englander by heredity, an accidental philanderer, and a purposeful anti-hero who has rejected five wives and his only daughter
Beneath the roses by Gregory Crewdson( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and German and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known for his elaborately choreographed, large-scale photographs, Gregory Crewdson has become one of the most exciting and important artists working today. The images that comprise Crewdson's new series, "Beneath the Roses," take place in the homes, streets, and forests of unnamed small towns and portray emotionally charged moments of seemingly ordinary individuals caught in ambiguous and often disquieting situations. Both epic in scale and intimate in scope, these visually breathtaking photographs blur the distinctions between cinema and photography, reality and fantasy, what has happened and what is to come. With an essay by fiction writer Russell Banks, Beneath the Roses includes many never-before-seen photographs, as well as production stills, lighting charts, sketches, and architectural plans, that serve as a window into Crewdson's working process
Searching for survivors by Russell Banks( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 2004 in French and English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse : Nouvelles
The bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 18th century Lima, Peru, a rickety bridge which has spanned a deep gorge for ages suddenly breaks, and five people plunge to their deaths. A priest who is deeply affected by the catastrophe decides to make an investigative study of the lives of the victims to determine if he can find some clue to God's intention in casting five dis-associated mortals into eternity at precisely the same moment
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Cloudsplitter : a novel
Lost memory of skinMark TwainThe sweet hereafter : a novelContinental driftThe Reserve : a novelRule of the bone : a novelThe darlingAffliction
Alternative Names
Banks, Rusell 1940-

Banks, Russell

Benkss, Rasels 1940-

Russell Banks

Russell Banks Amerikaans auteur

Russell Banks amerikansk manusforfattar

Russell Banks amerikansk manusförfattare

Russell Banks amerikansk manusforfatter

Russell Banks amerikansk manuskriptforfatter

Russell Banks écrivain américain

Russell Banks író, költő, novellista, forgatókönyvíró, akadémikus az Egyesült Államokból

Russell Banks scrittore e poeta statunitense

Russell Banks US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Рассел Бенкс

Рассел Бэнкс

בנקס, רסל 1940-

ראסל בנקס

راسل بنکس فیلمنامه‌نویس آمریکایی

راسيل بانكس مؤلف أمريكي

뱅크스, 러셀 1940-

バンクス, ラッセル