Banks en Francais

Four years of public-high-school French has made me only vaguely capable of translating an interview that France’s Mediapart recently conducted with Russell Banks. Happily, videos of the interviews are toward the end, clarifying where Banks comes down on post-9/11 American fiction, American empire, and why his 94-year-old born-again mom is big on Obama.

See also Jennifer Schuessler‘s fine piece on Banks’ new novel, The Reserve, in the New York Review of Books; her review nicely clarifies just how far Banks has fallen off his game when it comes to writing about class.

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