The Atlas by William T. VollmannThe Atlas by William T. Vollmann

The Atlas

byWilliam T. Vollmann

Paperback | June 1, 1997

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Hailed by Newsday as "the most unconventional--and possibly the most exciting and imaginative--novelist at work today," William T. Vollmann has also established himself as an intrepid journalist willing to go to the hottest spots on the planet. Here he draws on these formidable talents to create a web of fifty-three interconnected tales, what he calls ?a piecemeal atlas of the world I think in.?

Set in locales from Phnom Penh to Sarajevo, Mogadishu to New York, and provocatively combining autobiography with invention, fantasy with reportage, these stories examine poverty, violence, and loss even as they celebrate the beauty of landscape, the thrill of the alien, the infinitely precious pain of love. The Atlas brings to life a fascinating array of human beings: an old Inuit walrus-hunter, urban aborigines in Sydney, a crack-addicted prostitute, and even Vollmann himself.

William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazi...
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Title:The AtlasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140254498

ISBN - 13:9780140254495

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Although every reader knows that fiction is often based in reality, that knowledge does nothing to quiet our discomfort with these tales. Challenging, brutal and daringly honest, William R. Vollmann interweaves imagination with reality in this similarly interwoven collection of 53 tales. These stories span the globe, the range of human emotion and much of Vollmann's own personal experience. The Atlas celebrates the spirituality as well as the desperation of our times through prostitutes, alcoholics and the disenfranchised. His obsession with social outcasts is easy to understand, as he clearly comes across as being a member of this motley crew.