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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

Complicity (1993):

- 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).

  • Author

    Iain Menzies Banks. (b. 1954). Scottish.
  • Work

    Novelist. Short story writer. Author of The Wasp Factory (1984).
  • Genres

    Postmodernism. Literary fiction. Science-fiction.


"Iain Banks". Contemporary Writers. The British Council.

"Iain Banks". Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation.

Iain Banks. Official


"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).


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