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Synopsis: "If you must read a book on Columbus," declared the Los Angeles Times in its review of The Heirs of Columbus, "this is the one." Gerald Vizenor's novel reclaims the story of Chrisopher Columbus on behalf of Native Americans by declaring the explorer himself to be a descendent of early Mayans and follows the adventures of his modern-day, mixedblood heirs as they create a fantastic tribal nation.
The genetic heirs of Christopher Columbus meet annually at the Stone Tavern at the headwaters of the Mississippi to remember their "stories in the blood" and plan their tribal nation. They are inspired by the late-night talk radio discourses of Stone Columbus, a trickster healer who became rich as the captain of the sovereign bingo barge Santa Maria Casino, anchored in the international waters of the Lake of the Woods. The heirs' plan to reclaim their heritage enrages the government and inspires the tribal nations in a comic tale of mythic proportions.
Vizenor is a mixedblood Chippewa who writes fiction in the trickster mode of Native American tradition, using humor to challenge received ideas and subvert the status quo. In The Heirs of Columbus he "reveals not only how Indians have staved off the tidal wave of assimilation," noted the San Francisco Chronicle, "but also how, through humor and persistence, they sometimes reverse the direction of cultural appropriation and, in the process, transform the alien values imposed on them."
"Vizenor understands the wilder, irrational, half-mad parts of the Discoverer's soul as few people ever have," noted Kirkpatrick Sale in the Nation; "Columbus is appropriated here in an entirely new way, made to be an Indian in service to his Indian descendents." And the Voice Literary Supplement said "Even more rousing than Vizenor's deconstruction of Columbus, though, is his alternative vision of an American identity."
From the Publisher: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. LC 91-8242
Title: The Heirs of Columbus (Signed)
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Hard Cover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition, First printing
Book Description University Press of New England / Wesleyan University Press , 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo. Signed by the author on the title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 12969
Book Description Wesleyan, Hanover, 1991. Softcover. Book Condition: Near fine. Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) bound in the publisher's original illustrated wraps. Lightly rubbed at the edges and extremities. Signed by Author on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 9021943
Book Description Wesleyan University Press, Hanover, NH, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 198 pages. First edition, first printing. Dust jacket art by Karen Lohmann. Signed by Vizenor on the title page. The story of a cross blood trickster Stone Columbus, born on a remote reservation who wins a fortune at bingo and starts a new tribal nation. Fine book in a fine dust jacket with the spine very slightly faded. A beautiful copy!. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 90128172920002121