The Ice-Shirt by William Vollmann
(Seven Dreams)

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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.


About William Vollmann

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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.
Published August 1, 1993 by San Val. 432 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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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.

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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)

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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.

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