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.
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