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For generations of migrant workers Imperial County has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell. Sprawling across a stinking artificial sea, across the deserts, date groves and labour camps of south-eastern California, it is a land beautiful and harsh, enticing and deadly, rich in history and heartbreak. Across the border, the desert is the same, but there are different secrets. In Imperial, award-winning writer William T. Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, and by extension into the dark soul of American imperialism. Known for his penetrating meditations on poverty and violence, Vollmann has spent ten years doggedly investigating every facet of this bi-national area, raiding archives, exploring polluted rivers, guarded factories and Chinese tunnels, strip clubs, churches and sweatshops, talking with everyone from farmers to border patrolmen in his search for the fading American dream and its Mexican equivalent.
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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
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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Book Description Alma Books Ltd, 2010. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. No dust jacket. Please note the Image in this listing is a stock photo and may not match the covers of the actual item,1250grams, ISBN:9781846880964. Seller Inventory # 6902255
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Book Description Alma Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Good. Tan to the page edges. The free end page has been removed. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0011245510