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Russell Banks


USA flag (1940 - 2023)

Russell Banks was a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and received numerous international prizes and awards. He wrote fiction, and later, non-fiction, with Dreaming up America. His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
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American Spirits
 
Novels
   Snow (1974)
   Trailerpark (1981)
   The Relation of My Imprisonment (1983)
   Continental Drift (1985)
   Family Life (1985)
   The Book of Jamaica (1986)
   Hamilton Stark (1986)
   Affliction (1989)
   The Sweet Hereafter (1991)
   Rule of the Bone (1995)
   Cloudsplitter (1998)
   The Darling (2004)
   The Reserve (2008)
   Lost Memory of Skin (2011)
   Foregone (2021)
   The Magic Kingdom (2022)
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Collections
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Anthologies edited
   Ploughshares Winter 1993-94: Borderlands (1993) (with Chase Twichell)
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The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana (2020)
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If it is Your Life (2010)
James Kelman
"His best stories are great stories, as dark, tough-minded and funny as any I've read in years."
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The Virgin of Flames (2007)
Chris Abani
"A powerful, scary and beautiful novel. Abani is a force to be reckoned with, a world-class novelist and poet."

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