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Book Title: Il ponte|
The author of the book: Iain Banks
Edition: Meridiano Zero
Date of issue: November 26th 2013
ISBN 13: 9788882372866
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Un uomo giace in coma in seguito allo spaventoso urto della sua auto contro il Forth Railway Bridge di Edimburgo. Il corpo dilaniato, la memoria svanita, davanti a lui si spalanca l'allucinante mondo del "ponte". Una nuova dimensione racchiusa in una gigantesca costruzione di ferro rosso sangue. Un passaggio tra due rive ignote... Un ponte senza rampe di accesso, popolato da una folla immensa di persone di ogni razza. Una Babele in cui si parlano dodici lingue diverse, indecifrabili. Una struttura governata da misteriose e invisibili autorità, dove non esiste politica, morale, né religione. Nessun orologio a scandire il tempo. Nessuna possibilità di conoscerne la storia: libri, giornali, filmati, tutto è andato perduto. Su questa sorta di relitto del passato la gente si divide in settori, si accalca, lavora, cammina, si sposta in bicicletta o in tram, si uccide e si ama. Ed è su questo ponte che ora vive anche John Orr: nome affibbiato all'uomo che, ripescato dalle acque, è stato assegnato alle cure dell'enigmatico dottor Joyce, intenzionato a risolvere i suoi problemi di amnesia tramite una terapia onirica. Da questa dimensione immateriale emergerà la figura reale di Alex, giovane ingegnere scozzese legato all'amatissima Andrea da una relazione tanto intensa quanto contrastata. Flashback alternati ai frammenti della discesa agli inferi di un "Barbaro" capace di esprimere i suoi istinti più profondi... Ma dove finisce il sogno e dove inizia la realtà?
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Read information about the authorThis author also published science fiction under the pseudonym Iain M. Banks.
Banks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater. Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.
Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book. They married in Hawaii in 1982. However, he announced in early 2007 that, after 25 years together, they had separated. He lived most recently in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth near the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.
As with his friend Ken MacLeod (another Scottish writer of technical and social science fiction) a strong awareness of left-wing history shows in his writings. The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable (or even inevitable) attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable. He was a signatory to the Declaration of Calton Hill, which calls for Scottish independence.
In late 2004, Banks was a prominent member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister Tony Blair impeached following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In protest he cut up his passport and posted it to 10 Downing Street. In an interview in Socialist Review he claimed he did this after he "abandoned the idea of crashing my Land Rover through the gates of Fife dockyard, after spotting the guys armed with machine guns." He related his concerns about the invasion of Iraq in his book Raw Spirit, and the principal protagonist (Alban McGill) in the novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale confronts another character with arguments in a similar vein.
Interviewed on Mark Lawson's BBC Four series, first broadcast in the UK on 14 November 2006, Banks explained why his novels are published under two different names. His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks. Despite this he continued to use his unofficial middle name and it was as Iain M. Banks that he submitted The Wasp Factory for publication. However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the 'M' as it appeared "too fussy". The editor was also concerned about possible confusion with Rosie M. Banks, a minor character in some of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves novels who is a romantic novelist. After his first three mainstream novels his publishers agreed to publish his first SF novel, Consider Phlebas. To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the 'M', although at one stage he considered John B. Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Macallan single malt.
His latest book was a science fiction (SF) novel in the Culture series, called The Hydrogen Sonata, published in 2012.
Author Iain M. Banks revealed in April 2013 that he had late-stage cancer. He died the following June.
The Scottish writer posted a message on his official website saying his next novel The Quarry, due to be published later this year*, would be his last.
* The Quarry was published in June 2013.
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