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    DescriptionA European nation not unlike Bosnia: armed forces roam the lawless land where dark columns of smoke rise up from the surrounding farms and houses. The war is ending, perhaps ended. But for the castle and its occupants, a young lord and lady, the trouble is just beginning. Fearing an invasion of soldiers, the amorous couple takes to the road with the other refugees, disguised in rags. But the brutal female lieutenant of an outlaw band of guerrillas has other ideas. Just hours into their escape, the fleeing aristocrats are delivered back to the castle, where, now prisoners in their own home, they become pawns in the lieutenant's dangerous game of desire, deceit, and death. "A Song of Stone" demonstrates Iain Banks's unique ability to combine gripping narrative with a soaring, voyaging imagination. This noir fable confirms his reputation as the master of things dark and debauched. Singular, haunting, and viciously wry, "A Song of Stone" is a tour de force of contemporary fiction.


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    Title
    A Song of Stone
    Subtitle
    A Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Iain Banks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 304 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780684855363
    ISBN 10: 0684855364
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Approval Code: P25203000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6052.A485 S66 1999
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    07 September 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, "The Wasp Factory, " recently selected in a British poll as one of the top one hundred novels of the century. Since then he has gained enormous popular and critical acclaim with his other works of fiction and, as Iain M. Banks, science fiction. He lives in Scotland.
    Review quote
    John Clute "The Washington Post Book World" Braces the...Iain Banks has become extremely skilled at depicting the dark vagaries of living in the twentieth century.
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    A European nation not unlike Bosnia: armed forces roam the lawless land where dark columns of smoke rise up from the surrounding farms and houses. The war is ending, perhaps ended. But for the castle and its occupants, a young lord and lady, the trouble is just beginning.Fearing an invasion of soldiers, the amorous couple takes to the road with the other refugees, disguised in rags. But the brutal female lieutenant of an outlaw band of guerrillas has other ideas. Just hours into their escape, the fleeing aristocrats are delivered back to the castle, where, now prisoners in their own home, they become pawns in the lieutenant's dangerous game of desire, deceit, and death.A Song of Stone demonstrates Iain Bank's unique ability to combine gripping narrative with a soaring, voyaging imagination. This noir fable confirms his reputation as the master of things dark and debauched. Singular, haunting, and viciously wry, A Song of Stone is a tour de force of contemporary fiction.