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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In the first of a series to be called Seven Dreams, Vollman (The Rainbow Stories, You Bright and Risen Angels) weaves together history, myth, imagination, and his own travels to tell the story of the founding of Vinland.Oct 01 1990 | Read Full Review of The Ice-Shirt (Seven Dreams)
For Mr. Vollmann takes from the sagas a villainous secondary character - Freydis, Eirik's illegitimate daughter - and makes her into a central figure who comes west on a mission of evil, to ruin Vinland.Oct 14 1990 | Read Full Review of The Ice-Shirt (Seven Dreams)
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.| Read Full Review of The Ice-Shirt (Seven Dreams)
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