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Poor people

Author: William T Vollmann
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William T Vollmann
ISBN: 0060878843 9780060878849
OCLC Number: 191557196
Description: xx, 314, [128] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Self-definitions: I think I am rich --
I think they are poor --
Natalia's children --
Everything you should do by yourself --
The two mountains --
Phenomena: Invisibility --
Deformity --
Unwantedness --
Dependence --
Accident-prone-ness --
Pain --
Numbness --
Estrangement --
Choices: Amortization --
Crime without criminals --
Snakehead fear --
Hopes: "More aid, better directed" --
The rider --
Under the road --
Dirty toilets --
Placeholders: I know I am rich --
I think you are rich --
Money just goes to where it goes.
Responsibility: William T. Vollmann.

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"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.

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