Black Hills (Paperback)

Author: Simmons, Dan

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Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes that the legendary general''s ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316006996
SKU 214686074
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0316006998
Release Date 3/23/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.5T
Author Info
Dan Simmons
Following his graduation from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971, Dan Simmons moved to Colorado and taught elementary school for many years, while trying and failing to get his fiction published. In 1981 he attended a course for beginning writers taught by the writer and critic Harlan Ellison. At Ellison's urging, Simmons submitted a story to an unpublished writers competition. The story, "The River Styx Runs Upstream", won the contest and, on the same day it was published in Twilight Zone magazine--February 15, 1982--his first child was born. In 1985, his debut novel, SONG OF KALI, a grim horror novel set in the backstreets of Calcutta, won the prestigious World Fantasy Award. Since then, Simmons has racked up an impressive collection of other awards, including the Hugo Award, Locus Reader's Poll Awards, the British Fantasy & Science Fiction Award, and four Bram Stoker Awards. His masterpiece, THE HYPERION CANTOS, a massive work inspired by the works of John Keats and structurally based on Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES, is credited in many quarters with single-handedly rescuing the sf sub-genre of "space opera" from the disrepute into which it had fallen. THE HYPERION CANTOS is a classic work of science fiction that many fans speak of in favorable comparison to works like Frank Herbert's DUNE series, and, along with its sequel ENDYMION, it is one of the most important works of science fiction written since 1970. Splitting his writing between epic science fiction and spectacularly dense, complex horror novels, Simmons is a genre-straddling author who will undoubtedly remain a powerful force in both fields, even when his work comes to be accepted outside of the constraints of genre fiction.
Praise
"Simmons...displays the impressive breath of his imagination in this historical novel with a supernatural slant....In his ability to create complex characters and pair them with suspenseful situations, Simmons stands almost unmatched among his contemporaries." (starred review)
"[M]y mind...has been colonized by this insanely prolific, multi-genre writer....BLACK HILLS is so research-driven that you can almost imagine the author as an intricate, jerry-rigged device designed to suck in historical data at one end and spray out fictional narrative at the other....But for anyone expecting a paean to Native American nobility and spiritual superiority, [the book] holds a surprising twist."
From the Publisher
Annotation Dan Simmons (ILIUM, DROOD) flaunts his unmatched ability to mingle history and fiction in this epic examination of the extermination of Native American culture in the American West. Ever since he was 10 years old, a Sioux warrior named Paha Sapa has been gifted with the ability to tap into the memories and the futures of those he touches, allowing him to observe the grievous history of his people through the eyes of legendary men like George Custer and Crazy Horse. In order to vanquish these horrific visions, Sapa seeks revenge on the nation of oppressors, and he finds the perfect opportunity to strike in 1936, as FDR arrives in South Dakota to dedicate the newly completed Mount Rushmore monument, which Sapa sees as a defacement of his sacred Black Hills. Simmons chillingly portrays the legacy of atrocity and violence against Native Americans, masterfully dividing the reader's loyalties as he builds to an explosive final act.
Editors Note Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes--as do the holy men of his tribe--that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called "Long Hair," Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe's homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts--on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0486
Publisher Reagan Arthur Books

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