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Russell Banks

USA (1940 - )

Russell Banks is 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 has received numerous international prizes and awards. He has written fiction, and more recently, 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

Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1986) : Continental Drift
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1990) : Affliction
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1999) : Cloudsplitter
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1999) : Cloudsplitter

Russell Banks recommends
At First I Hope for Rescue
At First I Hope for Rescue (1997)
Holley Rubinsky
"Holley Rubinsky's voice is clear, her eyes and ears are carefully tuned, and she has something fresh and loving to say about the world that we live in daily..."

Montreal Stories (2004)
Mavis Gallant
"In Gallant's stories, the conflicts, obsessions, and concerns - the near-impossibility of gaining personal freedom without inflicting harm on those whom you love and who love you; the difficulty of forgiving a cruel and selfish parent without sentimentalizing him; or the pain of failed renewal - are limned with an affectionate irony and generated by a sincere belief in their ultimate significance, significance not just for the characters who embody them, but for the author and, presumably, the reader as well."

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."

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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