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The Ice-Shirt: Volume One of Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes (Seven Dreams Volume #01)

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The time is the tenth century A.D. The newcomers are a proud and bloody-minded people whose kings once changed themselves into wolves. The Norse have advanced as implacably as a glacier from Iceland to the wastes of Greenland — and from there to the place they call "Vinland the Good." The natives are a bronze-skinned race who have not yet discovered iron and still see themselves as part of nature.

As William T. Vollmann tells the converging stories of these two peoples — and of the Norsewomen Freydis and Gudrid, whose venomous rivalry brings frost into paradise — he creates a tour-de-force of "speculative history," a vivid amalgam of Icelandic saga, Inuit creation myth, and contemporary travel writing that yields a new an utterly original vision of our continent and its past.

Review:

"Despite felicitous writing throughout...one gets Vollmann's point early on, making the insistent implications of evil Northmen/noble Native a bit pat. One could only wish that the subtlety of language was matched by the subtlety of plot." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Utterly different in subject matter from Vollmann's previous books...The Ice-Shirt nevertheless resembles them in scope and degree of difficulty." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The time is the tenth century A.D. The newcomers are a proud and bloody-minded people whose kings once changed themselves into wolves. The Norse have advanced as implacably as a glacier from Iceland to the wastes of Greenland ?and from there to the place they call ?Vinland the Good.? The natives are a bronze-skinned race who have not yet discovered iron and still see themselves as part of nature.

As William T. Vollmann tells the converging stories of these two peoples?and of the Norsewomen Freydis and Gudrid, whose venomous rivalry brings frost into paradise?he creates a tour-de-force of ?speculative history,? a vivid amalgam of Icelandic saga, Inuit creation myth, and contemporary travel writing that yields a new an utterly original vision of our continent and its past.

About the Author

William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140131963
Author:
Vollmann, William T.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Vollmann, William
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
America
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Northmen
Subject:
Greenland
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
Series Volume:
0001
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.41x5.48x.78 in. .79 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite felicitous writing throughout...one gets Vollmann's point early on, making the insistent implications of evil Northmen/noble Native a bit pat. One could only wish that the subtlety of language was matched by the subtlety of plot." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Utterly different in subject matter from Vollmann's previous books...The Ice-Shirt nevertheless resembles them in scope and degree of difficulty."
"Synopsis" by ,
The time is the tenth century A.D. The newcomers are a proud and bloody-minded people whose kings once changed themselves into wolves. The Norse have advanced as implacably as a glacier from Iceland to the wastes of Greenland ?and from there to the place they call ?Vinland the Good.? The natives are a bronze-skinned race who have not yet discovered iron and still see themselves as part of nature.

As William T. Vollmann tells the converging stories of these two peoples?and of the Norsewomen Freydis and Gudrid, whose venomous rivalry brings frost into paradise?he creates a tour-de-force of ?speculative history,? a vivid amalgam of Icelandic saga, Inuit creation myth, and contemporary travel writing that yields a new an utterly original vision of our continent and its past.

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