Foregone by Russell Banks audiobook

Foregone: A Novel

By Russell Banks
Read by Stephen Mendel

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780063036758
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A searing novel about memory, abandonment, and betrayal from the acclaimed and bestselling Russell Banks  At the center of Foregone is famed Canadian American leftist documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam. Fife, now in his late seventies, is dying of cancer in Montreal and has agreed to a final interview in which he is determined to bare all his secrets at last, to demythologize his mythologized life. The interview is filmed by his acolyte and ex–star student, Malcolm MacLeod, in the presence of Fife’s wife and alongside Malcolm’s producer, cinematographer, and sound technician, all of whom have long admired Fife but who must now absorb the meaning of his astonishing, dark confession. Imaginatively structured around Fife’s secret memories and alternating between the experiences of the characters who are filming his confession, the novel challenges our assumptions and understanding about a significant lost chapter in American history and the nature of memory itself. Russell Banks gives us a daring and resonant work about the scope of one man’s mysterious life, revealed through the fragments of his recovered past.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

A searing novel about memory, abandonment, and betrayal from the acclaimed and bestselling Russell Banks  At the center of Foregone is famed Canadian American leftist documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam. Fife, now in his late seventies, is dying of cancer in Montreal and has agreed to a final interview in which he is determined to bare all his secrets at last, to demythologize his mythologized life. The interview is filmed by his acolyte and ex–star student, Malcolm MacLeod, in the presence of Fife’s wife and alongside Malcolm’s producer, cinematographer, and sound technician, all of whom have long admired Fife but who must now absorb the meaning of his astonishing, dark confession.

Imaginatively structured around Fife’s secret memories and alternating between the experiences of the characters who are filming his confession, the novel challenges our assumptions and understanding about a significant lost chapter in American history and the nature of memory itself. Russell Banks gives us a daring and resonant work about the scope of one man’s mysterious life, revealed through the fragments of his recovered past.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A character, a novel and a writer determined not to go gentle into that good night.” New York Times Book Review
“Banks carefully layers the strata of a life, showing that the past is always more ambiguous than we think.” New Yorker
“Banks considers with profound intent the verity of memory, the mercurial nature of the self, and how little we actually know about ourselves and others.” Booklist (starred review)
“As he is dying, the narrative shifts subtly between what he is saying and thinking, and what he is hearing from the people around him. [Narrator] Mendel keeps us just enough off balance that we can share the doubts of Fife’s wife and the film crew trying to interview him…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Russell Banks

Author Bio: Russell Banks

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. Two of his novels, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, have been made into award-winning films. A member of the International Parliament of Writers and former New York State Author, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English