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Vollmann, William T.

Works: 140 works in 554 publications in 8 languages and 18,665 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Short stories  Ghost stories  Christian fiction  Travel writing  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Photographer, Signer, Other
Classifications: PS3572.O395, 813.54
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Europe central by William T Vollmann( Book )

39 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vollmann presents a mesmerizing series of intertwined paired stories that compare and contrast the moral decisions made by various figures (some famous, some infamous, some unknown) associated with the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR from 1900-1968
Poor people by William T Vollmann( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Because I was bad in my last life." "Because Allah has willed it." "Because the rich do nothing for the poor." "Because the poor do nothing for themselves." "Because it is my destiny." These are just some of the answers to the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asks in cities and villages around the globe: "Why are you poor?" In the tradition of James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, writer Vollmann struggles to confront poverty in all its hopelessness and brutality, its pride and abject fear, its fierce misery and its quiet resignation. He allows the poor to speak for themselves, explaining the causes and consequences of their impoverishment in their own cultural, social, and religious terms. The result of Vollmann's fearless journey is a look at poverty unlike any other.--From publisher description
Uncentering the Earth : Copernicus and the revolutions of the heavenly spheres by William T Vollmann( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and French and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the astronomer's pivotal sixteenth-century work traces how his challenge to beliefs about an Earth-centric solar system had a profound influence on the ways in which humanity understands itself and the universe
Rising up and rising down : some thoughts on violence, freedom and urgent means by William T Vollmann( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An abridged edition of the author's seven-volume work on the possible justification of violence is based on his war-zone observations and draws on the theories of philosophers, theologians, military strategists, and other thinkers
Imperial by William T Vollmann( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For generations of migrant workers, Imperial County--the California desert region where the U.S. borders Mexico--has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell. Award-winning writer Vollmann takes readers deep into the heart of this haunted region
The dying grass : a novel of the Nez Perce War by William T Vollmann( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann's main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer
The ice-shirt by William T Vollmann( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ontdekkingstocht door de geschiedenis van de oudste delen der aarde
Last stories and other stories by William T Vollmann( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of ghost stories linked by themes of love, death, and the erotic ... All these eerie tales, however far-flung their settings, all focus on the attempts of the living to avoid, control, or even seduce death."--
Second dream, fathers and crows by William T Vollmann( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 400 years ago, and the "Black Gowns," French Jesuit priests, are beginning their descent into the forests of Canada, eagerly seeking to convert the Huron-- and courting martyrdom at the hands of the rival Iroquois. Through the eyes of these vastly different peoples-- particularly through those of the grimly pious Father Jean de Brebeuf and the Indian prophetess Born Underwater-- Vollmann reconstructs America's past as tragedy, nightmare, and bloody spectacle
Argall : a book of North American landscapes by William T Vollmann( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reexamination of the lives of John Smith and Pocahontas, with the terrifying figure of Captain Samuel Argall in the background
[The rifles] by William T Vollmann( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about Sir John Franklin's 19th-century Arctic expedition and about modern Inuit life
The royal family by William T Vollmann( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and French and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Failing San Francisco private detective, Henry Tyler journeys through the dark underbelly of the city as he searches for the legendary Queen of the Prostitutes, all the while grieving over the suicide of the women he loves
Kissing the mask : beauty, understatement, and femininity in Japanese Noh theater : with some thoughts on muses (especially Helga Testorf), transgender women, kabuki goddesses, porn queens, poets, housewives, makeup artists, geishas, valkyries, and Venus figurines by William T Vollmann( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the enigma surrounding Noh theater and the traditions that have made it intrinsic to Japanese culture for centuries and extracts the secrets of staged femininity and the mystery of perceived and expressed beauty
Butterfly stories : a novel by William T Vollmann( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heralded as "one of America's most intrepid fictional frontiersmen" (Publishers Weekly), William T. Vollmann has few equals on the literary landscape. Called a cross between William Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon, he explores the dark margins of society with a rare and ferocious imagination. In his newest novel, he takes what may be his most daring tour of this world of harrowing, essential truths. Butterfly Stories follows a Henry Milleresque narrator in a dizzying, cradle-to-grave hunt for love that takes him from the comfortable confines of suburban America to the blood-stained killing fields of modern Cambodia. The object of abuse and ridicule as a child, the "Butterfly boy" finds his only connection is with those outside of society, the untouchables. It is here that he meets up with Ulrich, the psychopathic son of a former S.S. officer; befriends a hedonistic photographer who travels with him to Southeast Asia; visits Thailand, where Benadryl and prostitutes with AIDS are his ever-present companions; and, finally, falls in love with Vanna, a waif-like hooker plying her wares in post-Khmer Rouge Phnom Penh. With Vanna he will engage in a monumental search for wisdom that will take him to the precipice of hell. Vollmann's most accessible work to date, this exotic, erotic, evocative tale will surely add to the legions of admirers who proclaim him as one of today's most arresting, provocative, and
The rainbow stories by William T Vollmann( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of thirteen short fiction stories about people around the world who live outside the law
The atlas by William T Vollmann( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and Czech and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Atlas, William T. Vollmann presents his vision of our planet at the cusp, with old conflicts smoldering on and new miseries and estrangements multiplying. Bosnia, Phnom Penh, Jerusalem, New York, Mogadishu, the Arctic, a bazaar of fortune-tellers in Burma, a robber-infested disco in Madagascar - against these backdrops, Vollmann's tales live their own various and wildly different lives, from fable to surrealistic portrait to reportage. Above all, it is the human beings in this book who engage us: the old walrus hunter, the crack-addicted prostitute whose children have been taken away from her, the boxer brought in to lose, the drunken gypsy, and from time to time, of course, the author himself. Through their eyes, Vollmann writes of memory, oppression, loneliness, war, the thrill of the alien, and the infinitely precious pain of love. Arranged as a huge thematic palindrome, The Atlas showcases Vollmann's ability to build strange structures, sonnets composed of stories instead of words
Thirteen stories and thirteen epitaphs by William T Vollmann( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vollmann's earlier fiction - pimps, tramps, pornographers, witch doctors, and massage-parlor girls. Within these stories, Vollmann gives us one of the most searching, bizarre, and subversive views of America today
You bright and risen angels : a cartoon by William T Vollmann( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and French and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whores for Gloria by William T Vollmann( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his first three works of fiction'the novels You Bright and Risen Angels and The Ice-Shirt, and the collection The Rainbow Stories'William T. Vollmann announced himself as a writer of rare and ferocious talent, with critics comparing him to William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, and T.C. Boyle. His new novel is the story of Jimmy, who has been deserted by his lover, a prostitute by the name of Gloria. In the despair of his loneliness, and his drunken grief, he reassembles Gloria's presence out of whatever he can buy from the hookers on the street'the fragments of their lives and dreams, and locks of hair they are willing to share for a price. In his search for these snatches of intimacy he meets the hustlers, drunks, and prostitutes of San Francisco's Tenderloin district: Candy, who beats her customers when they ask for it but refuses to let them call her a bitch; Snake, who pimps his wife; Nicole, whose job it is to give men AIDS; Jack, who shoots his woman's earnings into his arm but still likes Chopin even though he doesn't have a record player; and Gloria, who may or may not be a figment of Jimmy's imagination. Vollmann writes with explosive power of the inner city, unflinching in the way he confronts the solitude of the homeless and unloved, the insulted and the injured of skid-row America. His exhilarating, high-voltage style and lyric language touch the heart and retrieve a jubilant integrity from the harsh struggles of his characters. Here is a world of harrowing truth, beautifully expressed by a writer of prodigious gifts
The best American travel writing( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects pieces that represent the best works in travel writing, edited by William T. Vollman, an American author
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Europe central
Alternative Names
Vollman, William T.

Vollman, William T. 1959-

Vollmann, William

Vollmann, William T.

Vollmann, William T 1959-

Vollmann, William Tanner 1959-

William T. Vollmann Amerikaans schrijver

William T. Vollmann amerikanischer Romancier, Journalist, Autor von Kurzgeschichten und Essayist

William T. Vollmann novelista, periodista y ensayista

William T. Vollmann scrittore, giornalista e saggista statunitense

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Poor peopleUncentering the Earth : Copernicus and the revolutions of the heavenly spheresRising up and rising down : some thoughts on violence, freedom and urgent meansImperialThe ice-shirtSecond dream, fathers and crowsArgall : a book of North American landscapes[The rifles]