Vollmann, William T. Imperial

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The California-Mexico border is heavy with history and uncertain of its future. It is a land of great progress and crushing failure, home to a past that includes migrant workers, Mexican laborers corporate exploitation, gambling dens and brothels. In 1901, the Imperial Land Company diverted the Colorado river to the area, trnasforming desert into productive farmland. Vollman studies this area, uncovering the people and their struggles in a photographic portrait of Imperial's last decade.

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In an age of trash punditry, Twitter, and gnatlike attention spans, Vollmann's curiousity, forthrightness, lyricism, capaciousness, and empathy are revolutionary --Booklist, July, 2009

One of the twenty best writers in America --The NewYorker

The sheer brazen scope of the thing commands respect
and admiration --The Daily Telegraph on Europe Central

Highly serious, extremely ambitious --The Times on Europe Central

Vollmann is a master storyteller and bravura stylist... one of the most fascinating writers of our time --The Times Literary Supplement

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William T. Vollmann is the author of seventeen books, including Europe Central, winner of the National Book Award. He has also won the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN Center / USA West Award, and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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