The Atlas

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Viking, 1996 - Fiction - 459 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Lisa Eriksson Papaioanou - Goodreads

Most of us lead tedious, repetitive lifes (I know I do at least). Ok, we travel, we have vacations but they too are not out of the ordinary. I admit, I am a wuss: I am afraid of drugs, can't stand bad ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

A monumental work of recording the horrors, the depths and the bright shining lie while traveling across oceans of despair, wanting and modern humanistic hopelessness. A writer with a sense of self and an appreciation for the beauty in the focus of the morbid practice of survival. Read full review

Contents

OPENING THE BOOK
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ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?
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AN OLD MAN IN OLD GRAYISH
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Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Journalist and novelist William T. Vollmann was born in 1959 and educated at Cornell University. He worked as a comptuer programmer before becoming a journalist and covering Bosnia, Sarajevo and Afghanistan. He has written extensively since 1987, when his first book, You Bright and Risen Angels, was published. The Atlas (1996) won the PEN Center USA West Award for the best novel by a writer living west of the Mississippi. His newest work of Non-Fiction is entitled, Imperial.

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