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Second novel in The Culture series of sci-fi novels by Iain M Banks, published in 1988. A competitive citizen of the Culture is blackmailed into travelling to a hostile alien civilization and playing the complex game 'Azad' that chooses their rulers.

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Does Shohobohaum Za character allude to the USSR?

The ambassador Shohobohaum Za in The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks shows the following features. He is a drunkard and has propensity to brawls – a known stereotype of a Russian. He dismantles a ...
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Did Iain Banks ever acknowledge Hermann Hesse as an inspiration?

To an outside observer it seems that the game of Azad, from the empire of the same name featured heavily in The Player of Games, bears strong similarities to the Glass Bead Game from Hesse's 1943 ...
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How old is Jernau Morat Gurgeh?

The blurb for The Player of Games describes Jernau Morat Gurgeh as The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. How old is he (in chronological age) at the start of The ...
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Mawhrin-Skel's personality shift and Gurgeh's mission purpose

So at the end of the book, it is revealed that But they're both so different from each other, that it makes me think that the blackmail situation was made up by Special Circumstances to persuade ...
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