The rainbow stories

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Fiction - 541 pages
20 Reviews
The thirteen stories in this book are populated by punks and angels, skinheads and religious assassins, streetwalkers and fetishists - people who live outside the law and and the clear light of the every day. Set in landscapes as diverse as ancient Babylon, India, and the seamy underbelly of San Francisco, these tales are laced with Vollman's fertile imagination. 'The Rainbow Stories' ushers readers into a world that bears an awful yet hypnotic resemblance to that of our deepest nightmares.

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

"The White Knights" and "Ladies and Red Lights" are excellent pieces of work. The former might be one of my favourite things that can be categorized as a 'short story.' This book is best when it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Contreras - Goodreads

There's a tissue and pulse, a taught tendon and a sturdy construction of bone and muscle that connects the thirteen works in Vollmann's The Rainbow Stories. One immediately thinks that a collection of ... Read full review

Contents

The Visible Spectrum
5
The White Knights
59
Ladies and Red Lights
81
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories, and a seven-volume critique of violence, "Rising Up and Rising Down". He is also the author of "Poor People", a worldwide examination of poverty through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; "Riding Toward Everywhere", an examination of the train-hopping hobo lifestyle; and Imperial, a panoramic look at one of the poorest areas in America. He has won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award. His journalism and fiction have been published in "The New Yorker", "Esquire", "Spin" and "Granta". Vollmann lives in Sacramento, California.

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