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Conversations with Russell Banks : Literary Conversations Series - David Roche

Conversations with Russell Banks

Literary Conversations Series

By: David Roche (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th September 2010
ISBN: 9781604737455
Number Of Pages: 240

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If Russell Banks (b. 1940) says he doesn't "think about [his] reader at all when [he's] writing," he clearly enjoys talking with his actual readers, whether they be students, writers or academics, delighting in the diversity of his audience and in the "greater democratization of commentary" provided by alternative media.

These conversations span a period of over thirty years, from 1976 with the publication of his first novel, Family Life, and his first collection of short stories, to 2008 with The Reserve. Most date from the late 1990s on, when the publication of Pulitzer-finalist Cloudsplitter in conjunction with the back-to-back release of film adaptations of his novels The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction suddenly put Banks in the spotlight as "Hollywood's Hottest New Property."

Banks has always believed that the writer plays "the role of the storyteller," fulfilling very basic and universal human needs: "to talk about the human condition, to tell us something about ourselves." Yet, for him, writing is not a one-way process. It is an exchange where the key is to tune in and listen--to the voices of the characters engaging the writer's imagination and to the voices of the readers sharing their own experiences of his books and of the world.

ISBN: 9781604737455
ISBN-10: 160473745X
Series: Literary Conversations Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th September 2010
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48