The Relation of My Imprisonment

Author:   Russell Banks
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN:  

9780060976804


Pages:   128
Publication Date:   31 December 1998
Format:   Paperback
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The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of faith all true believers must endure. These relation, framed by scripture and by a sermon explicating the text, were usually read aloud in weekly or monthly installments during religious services. Utterly sincere and detailed recounting of suffering, they were nonetheless highly artificial. To use the form self-consciously, as Russell Banks has done, is not to parody it so much as to argue good-humoredly with the mind it embodies, to explore and, if possible, to map the limits of that mind, the more intelligently to love it.

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Author:   Russell Banks
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Imprint:   HarperCollins
Dimensions:   Width: 13.40cm , Height: 0.80cm , Length: 20.30cm
Weight:   0.132kg
ISBN:  

9780060976804


ISBN 10:   0060976802
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   31 December 1998
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained

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This is a marvelously written little book, fascinatingly intricate, yet deceptively simple. Well worth reading more than once. --New York Times Book Review


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Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America's most prestigious fiction writers, a past president 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 prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

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