The Rifles (Paperback) - Vollmann, William T.

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The latest installment of Vollmann's seven-part epic chronicling the clash of Europeans and Native Americans in the New World. Volume six focuses on the white explorers of the mid-1800s, desperately dreaming of forging a Northwest passage.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140176230
SKU 30015402
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140176233
Release Date 1/29/2003
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1T
Author Info
William T. Vollmann
A true literary iconoclast, William T. Vollmann has been compared to Hunter S. Thompson, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Powers, and Dennis Cooper. Vollman is one of the rare writers who can combine cerebral postmodern literary pyrotechnics with a Gonzo journalistic engagement with the real world. He became a cult favorite with his wildly ambitious first novel, YOU BRIGHT AND RISEN ANGELS (1987), and cemented his reputation with EUROPE CENTRAL (2005) which won the National Book Award for fiction. Both prodigious and prolific, Vollmann regularly produces long novels, nonfiction, and autobiographical fiction about such diverse topics as traveling with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, riding trains, Pocahontas, Copernicus, his avowed love of prostitutes, and, in his seven-volume RISING UP AND RISING DOWN (2004), a vast thesis on the nature and morality of violence.
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"Displays all the brilliance of the other books in the 'Seven Dreams' series."
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Editors Note In the sixth volume of his "Seven Dreams" series, which is a chronicle of the conflicts between North American Indians and Europeans, Vollmann connects the events of Sir John Franklin's efforts to find a Northwest passage with life as it is lived by the Inuit tribe 150 years later--Elders dreaming of long-gone seal hunting days, teenagers sniffing gasoline. A white man seduces and leaves pregnant a young Indian woman as he gradually finds himself pushing toward the same fate as Franklin, even claiming to be Franklin reincarnated. Vollmannn weaves together the stories of the past and present to live out America's ongoing tragedy of greed, ignorance, and violence.
Editors Note 1 The latest installment of Vollmann's seven-part epic chronicling the clash of Europeans and Native Americans in the New World. Volume six focuses on the white explorers of the mid-1800s, desperately dreaming of forging a Northwest passage.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0432
Publisher Penguin Books
Series Part 06

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