Iain Banks

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The Wasp Factory

book | Fiction | 1984
UK → Abacus
US → Simon & Schuster

Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return — an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.

The Wasp Factory is a work of horrifying compulsion: horrifying, because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own, whose values of life and death are alien to our society; compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all. 

A novel of extraordinary originality, imagination and comic ferocity.

Rights

Little, Brown Book Group (UK) manages the translation rights for The Wasp Factory

Translation Rights Sold

Czech
World
Argo Publishers
Japanese
World
P-Vine
Polish
World
Wydawnictwo Zysk i S-ka
Portuguese
Brazil
Darkside Books
Russian
World
AST Publishers
Reviews

A brilliant book, barmy and barnacled with the grotesque.


New Statesman

One of the top 100 novels of the century.


Independent

Brilliant...irresistible...compelling.

The New York Times

Macabre, bizarre and impossible to put down.

Financial Times

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