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The ice-shirt
Vollmann, William T.
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New York : Viking, 1990.
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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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Vollman's ambitious seven-part series of postmodern historical novels begins with these two volumes, which focus respectively on encounters between Scandinavians and Native Americans in the first millenium C.E. and on the exploits of the French and the missionary Jesuits in Canada from the 16th to the 18th centuries. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This hefty illustrated novel, the first installment of a seven-volume ``symbolic history'' of North America, is an imaginative retelling of the Norse discovery of Vinland, with the accent on ``imaginative.'' The scholarship is impeccable--the book is packed with glossaries, chronologies, and bibliographies--but Vollmann takes liberties with his sources in order to ``further a deeper sense of truth.'' For insight into shape-changing he interviews a couple of San Francisco transvestites; other informants include Inuit teens, Scandinavian backpackers, and alcoholics Vollmann meets on the bus. The technique has more in common with New Journalism than with history or fiction. Utterly different in subject matter from Vollmann's previous books-- You Bright and Risen Angels ( LJ 5/15/87) and The Rainbow Stories ( LJ 6/15/89)-- The Ice-Shirt nevertheless resembles them in scope and degree of difficulty. Highly recommended.-- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.