The Ice-shirt

The Ice-shirt

Book - 1990
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A majestic fictional evocation of the Norse arrival in the New World, from the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central

Watch for Vollmann's new work of nonfiction, No Immediate Danger , coming in April of 2018

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.

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, c1990
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780140131963
0140131965
9780670832392
0670832391
Call Number: F VOLLMANN
Characteristics: 419 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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