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Banks, Russell 1940-

Works: 237 works in 1,059 publications in 15 languages and 36,203 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Biography  Drama  Domestic fiction  Legal stories  Film adaptations  Political fiction  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Actor, Publishing director, Creator, Speaker, Narrator, Editor, Compiler
Classifications: PS3552.A49, 813.54
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Cloudsplitter : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

49 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,641 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 )

47 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,364 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 2,211 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 thoughout the world, to his career as a journalist and author
The Reserve : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,105 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
The sweet hereafter : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

51 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,081 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 )

76 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 2,076 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
Rule of the bone : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

76 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,996 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 )

54 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,932 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 )

59 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 9 languages and held by 1,758 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 )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,539 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 )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of short stories from the author of The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction explore the ways in which individuals try, and often fail, to connect to others in their lives
Dreaming up America by Russell Banks( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 718 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
Success stories by Russell Banks( Book )

23 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen for a day -- My mother's memoirs, my father's lie, and other true stories -- The fish -- Success story -- The gully -- Adultery -- Hostage -- Mistake -- Children's story -- Sarah Cole : a type of love story -- Captions -- Fleetwood
The book of Jamaica by Russell Banks( Book )

27 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 685 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
Trailerpark by Russell Banks( Book )

23 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The guinea pig lady -- Cleaving and other needs -- Black man and white woman in dark green rowboat -- Dis bwoy, him gwan -- What Noni Huber did not tell the police about Jesus -- Comfort -- God's country -- Principles -- The burden -- Politics -- The right way -- The child screams and looks back at you -- The fisherman
Hamilton Stark : a novel by Russell Banks( Book )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and French and held by 521 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
Searching for survivors by Russell Banks( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relation of my imprisonment : a fiction by Russell Banks( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and French and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of faith all true believers must endure. These "relation," framed by scripture and by a sermon explicating the text, were usually read aloud in weekly or monthly installments during religious services. Utterly sincere and detailed recounting of suffering, they were nonetheless highly artificial. To use the form self-consciously, as Russell Banks has done, is not to parody it so much as to argue good-humoredly with the mind it embodies, to explore and, if possible, to map the limits of that mind, the more intelligently to love it
The bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and French and held by 467 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
Family life by Russell Banks( Book )

16 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Family Life, Russell Banks's first novel, he transforms the dramas of domesticity into the story of a royal family in a mythical contemporary kingdom. Life inside this kingdom includes the king (dubbed "the Hearty" or "the Bluff"), who squeals angrily as is his wont; the queen, who, while pondering the mirror in her chambers, decides to write a book; three adolescent princes who are, respectively, a superb wrestler, a fanatical sports car driver, and a sullen drunk. Then there are the mysterious Green Man with a thing for princes; the Loon, who lives in a tree house designed by Christopher Wren; and a whole slew of murders, mayhem, coups, debauches, world tours, and love and loss and laughter
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Alternative Names
Banks, Rusell 1940-

Benkss, Rasels 1940-

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

뱅크스, 러셀 1940

バンクス, ラッセル


Lost memory of skinMark TwainThe Reserve : a novelThe sweet hereafter : a novelContinental driftRule of the bone : a novelThe darlingAffliction