The Ice-Shirt: Vollmann, William T.

The Ice-Shirt

Vollmann, William T.

Published by Andre Deutsch, 1990
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This is the "true first" UK edition, which preceded the U.S. edition. Black binding with gold spine titling. 404 pages. Black and white hand-drawn illustrations and maps by the author. ~ Book is fine clean, tight, no wear or marks. Dust jacket is also fine, bright, crisp, and protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Book One of the series called "Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes" and about the discovery, settlement, and transformation of North America. As of 2012 four books of the projected seven in the series have been published. This novel focuses on the Norse explorers from Greenland who voyage to the Vinland (North America). Prominently figured is the rivalry between two women, Freydis (daughter of Erik the Red) and Gudrid, a Christian, who nevertheless are unified in their assault on the native 'skraelings.' Based on the Norse sagas, embellished by imagination, and written in Vollmann's now-signature journalistic/travelogue/novelist style. Reference material provided at the back of the book includes a general glossary, as well as glossaries of personal names; dynasties, races and monsters; places; and texts. There is also a "Chronology of the First Age of Vinland" as well as source notes. Vollmann won the 2005 Book Award for Fiction for his novel "Europe Central," and is considered one of America's finest contemporary writers. This copy is signed by Vollmann in green pen on the title page. A beautiful copy of a very original work. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award.  He has also written four collections of stories, including The Atlas, which won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a memoir, and six works of nonfiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, Granta, and many other publications.

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Title: The Ice-Shirt
Publisher: Andre Deutsch
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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