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From the author of Europe Central, a journalistic tour de force along the Mexican-American border.

For generations of migrant workers, Imperial Country has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell. It sprawls across a stirring accidental sea, across the deserts, date groves and labor camps of Southeastern California, right across the border into Mexico. In this eye-opening book, William T. Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, exploring polluted rivers and guarded factories and talking with everyone from Mexican migrant workers to border patrolmen. Teeming with patterns, facts, stories, people and hope, this is an epic study of an emblematic region.


From the author of "Europe Central" comes a journalistic tour de force set along the Mexican-American border.

About the Author

William T. Vollmann is the author of nine novels, including Europe Central, winner of the National Book Award. He has also written three collections of stories, a memoir, and five works of nonfiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Vollmann, William T.
Penguin Books
Vollmann, William
North American
North America
World History-General
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History and Social Science » Americana » California
History and Social Science » Sociology » Agriculture and Food
History and Social Science » Sociology » Regional Studies
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History and Social Science » World History » Mexico

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