Banks, Iain. (b. 1954).
W o r k
- writes literary fiction as Iain Banks and science-fiction as Iain M. Banks
L i t e r a r y F i c t i o n :
- characterized by restraint style, swift pace, mordant wit, attention to detail, and sense of the contemporary
- explores Gothic themes, anti-Thatcherite politics, popular culture, and technology
- typically concerned with extremes of behaviour through which he examines questions of mortality, morality, and religion
- enjoys playing games with his readers: uses cinematic-style flashbacks, leaps in temporal perspective, multiple points of view, etc.
- often unsettles the reader's assumptions about his protagonists: uses sudden revelations causing a complete re-evaluation of everything that has gone before (e.g. The Wasp Factory)
The Wasp Factory (1984):
- the story of a 16-year-old multiple murderer obsessed with rituals
- the narrator dismisses his murders as 'a stage I was going through'
- concludes with the protagonist's revelation that he is not an incomplete male, but a complete female
The Bridge (1986):
- consists of complex dreams of a coma patient, dominated by a bridge
The Crow Road (1992):
- centres on a student negotiating sex, drink, and death in the midst of a wealthy eccentric Scottish family
- set in Scotland, follows a journalist's revelation of white-collar crime and corruption among the upper-classes
S c i e n c e - F i c t i o n :
- vast sagas exploring a technological and a political vision through the utopian organization called 'Culture'
Consider Phlebas (1987), The Player of Games (1988), Feersum Endjinn (1994), and others
(Photo: Little, Brown).
AuthorIain Menzies Banks. (b. 1954). Scottish.
WorkNovelist. Short story writer. Author of The Wasp Factory (1984).
GenresPostmodernism. Literary fiction. Science-fiction.
"I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped. I already knew something was going to happen; the Factory told me."
The opening of The Wasp Factory (1984).