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Vann, David

Overview
Works: 78 works in 449 publications in 14 languages and 9,784 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Fantasy fiction  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  History  Biographical fiction 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Composer
Classifications: PS3622.A667, 813.6
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about David Vann
 
Most widely held works by David Vann
Caribou Island : a novel by David Vann( Book )

58 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 1,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the construction of their dream cabin on an isolated Alaskan island is interrupted by an early Arctic winter, Gary and Irene find their marriage unraveling as they become stranded with their daughter, Rhoda, who watches helplessly as her parents drift further apart
Aquarium by David Vann( Book )

47 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twelve year old Caitlin lives alone with her mother-- a docker at the local container port-in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence. In crystalline, chiseled yet graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her"--Jacket flap
Dirt : a novel by David Vann( Book )

49 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year is 1985, and twenty-two-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded old house surrounded by a walnut orchard in a suburb of Sacramento. He doesn't know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother, losing her memory, has been shipped off to a nursing home. Galen and his mother survive on the family's trust fund - old money that his aunt, Helen, and seventeen-year-old cousin, Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. Galen, a New Age believer who considers himself an old soul, yearns for transformation: to free himself from the corporeal, to be as weightless as air, to walk on water. But he's powerless to stop the manic binges that overtake him, leading him to fixate on forbidden desires. A prisoner of his body, he is obsessed with thoughts of the boldly flirtatious Jennifer and dreams of shedding himself of the clinging mother whose fears and needs weigh him down
Goat Mountain : a novel by David Vann( Book )

44 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall of 1978, on the 640-acre family deer-hunting ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, an eleven-year-old boy goes hunting with three men: his father, grandfather, and a friend of his father's. Goat Mountain is a dry place of live oak and buck brush and poison oak with occasional relief from stands of ponderosa pine, white pine, and sugar pine, and even a swampy bear wallow. This is the place where all the family's memories and stories and history are held. When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father spots a poacher hunting illegally on his property. When he lets his eleven-year-old son take a look through the scope of his rifle, the boy pulls the trigger. The men struggle over what to do with the dead man. Though the struggle begins between the father and grandfather, it ultimately becomes a struggle between the grandfather and the boy. By the end, nothing is as it seems
Legend of a suicide by David Vann( Book )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a series of interconnected short stories, a boy watches his father spiral from divorce to suicide, and follows his search for the origin of his father's ruin
Last day on earth : a portrait of the NIU school shooter by David Vann( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On Valentine's Day 2008, Steve Kazmierczak killed five and wounded eighteen at Northern Illinois University, then killed himself. But he was an A student, a Deans' Award winner. How could this happen? CNN could not get the story. The Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and all others came up empty because Steve's friends and professors knew very little. He had reinvented himself in his final five years. But David Vann, investigating for Esquire, went back to Steve's high school and junior high friends, found a life perfectly shaped for mass murder, and gained full access to the entire 1,500 pages of the police files. The result: the most complete portrait we have of any school shooter. But Vann doesn't stop there. He recounts his own history with guns, contemplating a school shooting. This book is terrifying and true, a story you'll never forget"--Provided by publisher
Bright air black by David Vann( Book )

24 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology's most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis--where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann's reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea's humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea's story ever told"--
Caribou Island : a novel by David Vann( Recording )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Vann, author of "Legend of a suicide," presents a new novel that is set against the majestic scenery of Alaska. Now that their children are grown, Gary is determined to carry out his dream of building a log cabin. Although wife Irene doesn't care for the idea, she helps him out anyway. Their already strained marriage is stretched even thinner as there are setbacks in the cabin's construction and Irene begins to suffer from strange headaches
Sukkwan island : roman by David Vann( Book )

43 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide
Goat Mountain : [a novel] by David Vann( Recording )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall of 1978, on the 640-acre family deer-hunting ranch on Goat Mountain in Northern California, an eleven-year-old boy goes hunting with three men: his father, grandfather, and a friend of his father's. Goat Mountain is a dry place of live oak and buck brush and poison oak with occasional relief from stands of ponderosa pine, white pine, and sugar pine, and even a swampy bear wallow. This is the place where all the family's memories and stories and history are held. When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father spots a poacher hunting illegally on his property. When he lets his eleven-year-old son take a look through the scope of his rifle, the boy pulls the trigger. The men struggle over what to do with the dead man. Though the struggle begins between the father and grandfather, it ultimately becomes a struggle between the grandfather and the boy. By the end, nothing is as it seems
Aquarium by David Vann( Recording )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and German and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother--a docker at the local container port--in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence
A mile down : the true story of a disastrous career at sea by David Vann( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If you've ever owned a sailboat or had a friend who did, you know how it begins: with a dream. You dream about the ship, and gradually the dream consumes you. Practical considerations lose all meaning ... until, inevitably, the dream morphs into a nightmare. David Vann is familiar with that nightmare. His begins in Turkey: a thirty-year-old tourist, he stumbles across the steel frame of a ninety-foot sailboat that cries out to be built. From friends, family, and credit cards, he borrows the $150,000 to construct the ship. The Turkish builders take shameless advantage of him, eventually charging him over $500,000. On the edge of financial ruin, Vann starts a chartering business. But, when some new part of the ship isn't falling apart, he encounters freak storms. As his debts escalate, Vann begins to wonder if he is merely repeating his father's dreams and failures at sea-which ended with his father's suicide
No easy walk : (1962-66)( Visual )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts three major movements. Retells the stories of three cities involved in the civil rights movement: the Albany, Ga. police chief and Martin Luther King, Jr. each tested out the strategy of nonviolence in their own way, Birmingham, Ala. where children marched against fire water hoses, and Washington, D.C. where black and white, young and old, north and south came together to march on the nation's capital
Legende van een zelfmoord by David Vann( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in Dutch and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vijf verhalen en een novelle rond een jongen in Alaska die levenslang kampt met de zelfmoord van zijn vader
There( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dernier jour sur terre by David Vann( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in French and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman psychologique (intime). Roman personnel
Sukkwan Island by Ugo Bienvenu( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in French and Dutch and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sukkwan island : d'après le roman de David Vann by Ugo Bienvenu( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sukkwan Island by David Vann( Recording )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim décide d'emmener son fils de 13 ans vivre dans une cabane isolée au sud de l'Alaska durant une année afin de renouer avec lui. Les dangers auxquels ils sont confrontés et les défaillances du père ne tardent pas à transformer ce séjour en cauchemar. Le fils commence à prendre les choses en main jusqu'au drame violent et imprévisible qui scelle leur destin
Ketchikan : a selection from Legend of a suicide by David Vann( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide
 
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Caribou Island : a novel
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Legend of a suicideLast day on earth : a portrait of the NIU school shooterCaribou Island : a novelSukkwan island : romanA mile down : the true story of a disastrous career at sea
Alternative Names
David Vann American writer

David Vann Amerikaans schrijver

David Vann amerikansk författare

David Vann amerikansk skribent

David Vann escriptor estatunidenc

David Vann escritor estadounidense

David Vann scrittore statunitense

David Vann US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

밴, 데이비드 1966-

Languages
English (209)

French (50)

German (32)

Spanish (30)

Dutch (13)

Catalan (11)

Danish (9)

Italian (7)

Swedish (3)

Norwegian (3)

Korean (3)

Turkish (3)

Basque (2)

Czech (2)