The Business (Scribner PB Fic)

Iain Banks (Author)


Who Do You Work For?
The Business, a nearly omnipotent enterprise, is so infinitely discreet that even its top executives are vague about its actual business. It predates the Christian church and counts among its vast riches dozens of Michelangelo's pornographic paintings and several sets of Crown jewels. The only thing it lacks is political clout, a problem the Business plans to solve by buying a nation and joining the United Nations. Kate Telman, the Business's foremost expert on emerging technologies, is chosen to lead the effort. As this beautiful, ambitious American woman pursues the ultimate prize for her highly secretive transglobal employer, Iain Banks -- whom The Times of London calls the most imaginative British novelist of his generation -- offers a portrait of today's ubiquitous multinational corporations. Already a bestseller in England, The Business paints a picture that is at once wickedly satirical and frighteningly familiar.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
November 13, 2001
5.53 X 0.96 X 8.53 inches | 1.04 pounds
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About the Author

Iain Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish author considered one of the most powerful, innovative, and exciting writers of his generation. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. Following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory in 1984, he began to write full time. His first science fiction book, Consider Phlebas, was released in 1987, marking the start of the popular Culture series. His books have been adapted for theater, radio, and television. In honor of his science fiction work, an asteroid was named for him in 2013, and asteroid (5099) Iainbanks now resides in the main asteroid belt of the Sol system.


"The Scotsman" To most of us, the world of international high finance is a mysterious domain, full of grey men in grey suits. But Iain Banks's biting satire cuts through the fog....The Business is human comedy, entertainment with a serious, satirical intent.
"The Independent" (London) The Business is written with enormous energy, crunchy wit and more curves than an Alpine road.
"The Guardian" One of his most assured performances yet....A highly inventive piece of work, amusing and sinister by turns.
"The Times" (London) The Business is a classic Banks invention.
"Sunday Express" (London) Imagination, wit and complexity are Banks's hallmarks and The Business is no exception.