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Vollmann, William T.

Overview
Works: 176 works in 688 publications in 7 languages and 19,831 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Short stories  Ghost stories  Travel writing  Christian fiction  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Photographer, Signer, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Contributor, win, Other
Classifications: PS3572.O395, 813.54
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Europe central by William T Vollmann( Book )

44 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 2,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vollmann presents a mesmerizing series of intertwined paired stories that compare and contrast the moral decisions made by various figures (some famous, some infamous, some unknown) associated with the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR from 1900-1968
Poor people by William T Vollmann( Book )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Because I was bad in my last life." "Because Allah has willed it." "Because the rich do nothing for the poor." "Because the poor do nothing for themselves." "Because it is my destiny." These are just some of the answers to the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asks in cities and villages around the globe: "Why are you poor?" In the tradition of James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, writer Vollmann struggles to confront poverty in all its hopelessness and brutality, its pride and abject fear, its fierce misery and its quiet resignation. He allows the poor to speak for themselves, explaining the causes and consequences of their impoverishment in their own cultural, social, and religious terms. The result of Vollmann's fearless journey is a look at poverty unlike any other.--From publisher description
Uncentering the Earth : Copernicus and the revolutions of the heavenly spheres by William T Vollmann( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and French and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the astronomer's pivotal sixteenth-century work traces how his challenge to beliefs about an Earth-centric solar system had a profound influence on the ways in which humanity understands itself and the universe
The dying grass : a novel of the Nez Perce War by William T Vollmann( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann's main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer
Imperial by William T Vollmann( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For generations of migrant workers, Imperial County--the California desert region where the U.S. borders Mexico--has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell
Last stories and other stories by William T Vollmann( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of ghost stories linked by themes of love, death, and the erotic ... All these eerie tales, however far-flung their settings, all focus on the attempts of the living to avoid, control, or even seduce death."--
The ice-shirt by William T Vollmann( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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"--Publisher description
Second dream, fathers and crows by William T Vollmann( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 400 years ago, and the "Black Gowns," French Jesuit priests, are beginning their descent into the forests of Canada, eagerly seeking to convert the Huron-- and courting martyrdom at the hands of the rival Iroquois. Through the eyes of these vastly different peoples-- particularly through those of the grimly pious Father Jean de Brebeuf and the Indian prophetess Born Underwater-- Vollmann reconstructs America's past as tragedy, nightmare, and bloody spectacle
Argall : a book of North American landscapes by William T Vollmann( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reexamination of the lives of John Smith and Pocahontas, with the terrifying figure of Captain Samuel Argall in the background
[The rifles] by William T Vollmann( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about Sir John Franklin's 19th-century Arctic expedition and about modern Inuit life
Rising up and rising down : some thoughts on violence, freedom and urgent means by William T Vollmann( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An abridged edition of the author's seven-volume work on the possible justification of violence is based on his war-zone observations and draws on the theories of philosophers, theologians, military strategists, and other thinkers
The royal family by William T Vollmann( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and French and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Failing San Francisco private detective, Henry Tyler journeys through the dark underbelly of the city as he searches for the legendary Queen of the Prostitutes, all the while grieving over the suicide of the women he loves
Kissing the mask : beauty, understatement, and femininity in Japanese Noh theater : with some thoughts on muses (especially Helga Testorf), transgender women, kabuki goddesses, porn queens, poets, housewives, makeup artists, geishas, valkyries, and Venus figurines by William T Vollmann( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the enigma surrounding Noh theater and the traditions that have made it intrinsic to Japanese culture for centuries and extracts the secrets of staged femininity and the mystery of perceived and expressed beauty
The atlas by William T Vollmann( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and Czech and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Atlas, William T. Vollmann presents his vision of our planet at the cusp, with old conflicts smoldering on and new miseries and estrangements multiplying. Bosnia, Phnom Penh, Jerusalem, New York, Mogadishu, the Arctic, a bazaar of fortune-tellers in Burma, a robber-infested disco in Madagascar - against these backdrops, Vollmann's tales live their own various and wildly different lives, from fable to surrealistic portrait to reportage. Above all, it is the human beings in this book who engage us: the old walrus hunter, the crack-addicted prostitute whose children have been taken away from her, the boxer brought in to lose, the drunken gypsy, and from time to time, of course, the author himself. Through their eyes, Vollmann writes of memory, oppression, loneliness, war, the thrill of the alien, and the infinitely precious pain of love. Arranged as a huge thematic palindrome, The Atlas showcases Vollmann's ability to build strange structures, sonnets composed of stories instead of words
The rainbow stories by William T Vollmann( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of thirteen short fiction stories about people around the world who live outside the law
Butterfly stories : a novel by William T Vollmann( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heralded as "one of America's most intrepid fictional frontiersmen" (Publishers Weekly), William T. Vollmann has few equals on the literary landscape. Called a cross between William Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon, he explores the dark margins of society with a rare and ferocious imagination. In his newest novel, he takes what may be his most daring tour of this world of harrowing, essential truths. Butterfly Stories follows a Henry Milleresque narrator in a dizzying, cradle-to-grave hunt for love that takes him from the comfortable confines of suburban America to the blood-stained killing fields of modern Cambodia. The object of abuse and ridicule as a child, the "Butterfly boy" finds his only connection is with those outside of society, the untouchables. It is here that he meets up with Ulrich, the psychopathic son of a former S.S. officer; befriends a hedonistic photographer who travels with him to Southeast Asia; visits Thailand, where Benadryl and prostitutes with AIDS are his ever-present companions; and, finally, falls in love with Vanna, a waif-like hooker plying her wares in post-Khmer Rouge Phnom Penh. With Vanna he will engage in a monumental search for wisdom that will take him to the precipice of hell. Vollmann's most accessible work to date, this exotic, erotic, evocative tale will surely add to the legions of admirers who proclaim him as one of today's most arresting, provocative, and
Thirteen stories and thirteen epitaphs by William T Vollmann( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This stunning new collection of stories confirms William T. Vollmann's growing reputation as the American writer whose books "tower over the work of his contemporaries by virtue of their enormous range, huge ambition, stylistic daring, wide learning, audacious innovation, and sardonic wit" (Washington Post Book World). All these qualities are in evidence in this collection in which the character of the writer and that of some of his intimates - both real and imaginary
You bright and risen angels : a cartoon by William T Vollmann( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and French and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comic and surreal novel about the beastliness and pain in the world focuses on the stories of assorted young American misfits, reactionaries and revolutionaries, young lovers, and raging old tyrants
Whores for Gloria by William T Vollmann( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about an alcoholic Vietnam veteran, Jimmy, who devotes his government check and his waking hours to the search for a beautiful and majestic street whore, a woman who may or may not exist save in Jimmy's rambling dreams. Gloria's image seems distilled from memory and fantasy and the fragments of whatever Jimmy can buy from the other whores: their sex, their stories--all the unavailing dreams of love and salvation among the drinkers and addicts who haunt San Francisco's Tenderloin District
The best American travel writing( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects pieces that represent the best works in travel writing, edited by William T. Vollman, an American author
 
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Europe central
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Poor peopleUncentering the Earth : Copernicus and the revolutions of the heavenly spheresImperialThe ice-shirtSecond dream, fathers and crowsArgall : a book of North American landscapes[The rifles]Rising up and rising down : some thoughts on violence, freedom and urgent means
Alternative Names
T. Vollman, William, 1959-

T. Vollmann, William, 1959-

Tanner Vollmann, William, 1959-

Vollman, William T.

Vollman, William T. 1959-

Vollmann, William

Vollmann, William T.

Vollmann, William T. 1959-

Vollmann, William Tanner 1959-

William den blinde

William T. Vollmann Amerikaans schrijver

William T. Vollmann amerikanischer Romancier, Journalist, Autor von Kurzgeschichten und Essayist

William T. Vollmann novelista, periodista y ensayista

William T. Vollmann scrittore, giornalista e saggista statunitense

ویلیام تی ولمان

विलियम वोलमान

ウィリアム・T・ヴォルマン

ヴォルマン, ウィリアム・T

威廉·沃尔曼

Languages
English (343)

French (42)

Spanish (20)

Italian (18)

German (13)

Japanese (5)

Czech (1)