The ice-shirt

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Penguin Books, Aug 1, 1993 - Fiction - 415 pages
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The time is the tenth century A.D. The newcomers are a proud and bloody-minded people whose kings once changed themselves into wolves. The Norse have advanced as implacably as a glacier from Iceland to the wastes of Greenland ?and from there to the place they call ?Vinland the Good.? The natives are a bronze-skinned race who have not yet discovered iron and still see themselves as part of nature.As William T. Vollmann tells the converging stories of these two peoples?and of the Norsewomen Freydis and Gudrid, whose venomous rivalry brings frost into paradise?he creates a tour-de-force of ?speculative history,? a vivid amalgam of Icelandic saga, Inuit creation myth, and contemporary travel writing that yields a new an utterly original vision of our continent and its past.

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Vollmann is a great writer. - Goodreads
The writing is in turns abrupt and - Goodreads
This is WILLIAM FOCKING VOLLMANN writing about VIKINGS. - Goodreads

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Perhaps uneven - or perhaps this is a fault of mine, for occasionally not being in the right frame of mind for fictionalized Norse mythology - but Vollmann is as good as they get, as evidenced by how the low spots of this book are never too low, and the high spots are astoundingly high. Read full review


The IceShirt
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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", an examination of poverty worldwide through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; "Riding Toward Everywhere", an investigation of the trainhopping hobo lifestyle; and "Imperial", a panoramic look at Mexican California. He has won the National Book Award, 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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