The rainbow stories

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Fiction - 541 pages
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  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Excellent stories about the underbelly of society. Vollmann is still developing, after the utterly bizarre "You Bright and Risen Angels", and this is his first 'realist' work. Very impressive, though ... Read full review

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These long, interlocking short stories comprise an anthropological field report from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, 20 years after the Summer of Love. The author's stated goal is simply to ... Read full review


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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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