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Butterfly stories : a novel

Author: William T Vollmann
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Grove Press edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Romance fiction
Short stories
Love stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William T Vollmann
ISBN: 0802115020 9780802115027
OCLC Number: 28292505
Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The butterfly boy --
Ulrich and the doctor --
More Benadryl, whined the journalist --
The new wife --
The answer --
I wouldn't ne smiling that way if I were you --
The bordello of pain --
Bridal mines.
Responsibility: William T. Vollmann.

Abstract:

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.

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