The Rifles: Volume Six of Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
  • The Rifles: Volume Six of Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
  • The Rifles: Volume Six of Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
ISBN: 0140176233
EAN13: 9780140176230
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 1995
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 8.43" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The story of John Franklin's doomed 1845 attempt to discover a Northwest Passage, from the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central

Watch for Vollmann's new work of nonfiction, No Immediate Danger, coming in April of 2018

Vaulting through time to another flashpoint in the long struggle between Indians and Europeans, William T. Vollmann's visionary fictional history now focuses on the white explorers of the mid-1800s, desperately dreaming of forging a Northwest Passage. As Sir John Franklin embarks on his fourth Arctic voyage, he defies the warnings of the native people, and his journey ends in ice and death. But his spirit lingers in the Canadian north, where 150 years later, in 1990, Inuit elders dream of long-gone seal-hunting days and teenagers sniff gasoline. And when a white man seduces and leaves pregnant a young Indian woman, he becomes Franklin reincarnated, bound for the same fate. Vollmann's vivid characters and landscapes weave together the stories of the past and present to live out America's ongoing tragedy of greed, ignorance, and violence.

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