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Riding toward everywhere.

Vollmann, William T., 1959-

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ISBN 10: 0061256757 / ISBN 13: 9780061256752
Verlag: New York : Ecco, 2008, 2008
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Verkäufer Steven Wolfe Books (Newton Centre, MA, USA)

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, 2d printing, stated First Edition, 206pp., very good dust-jacket, light wear at bottom of spine, original price $26.95, vertical fold mark on rear jacket flap, very good black and white hardcover, remainder dot on bottom foredge. SIGNED simply and quickly on title page with Vollmann's characteristic squiggle in one fluid motion CONTENTS: A short essay on freight trains -- So quiet and smooth and lovely -- A tawny coyote looked at us -- I think we're in Switzerland, Cat -- Back then -- I've got to get out of here -- Diesel Venus -- A stick of dynamite -- A cold sun crawled silently -- Grainer astronomy -- Lost and found -- Exploding off the wall. ISBN 9780061256752. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 40854

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Titel: Riding toward everywhere.

Verlag: New York : Ecco, 2008

Erscheinungsdatum: 2008

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Vollmann is a relentlessly curious, endlessly sensitive, and unequivocally adventurous examiner of human existence. He has investigated the causes and symptoms of humanity's obsession with violence (Rising Up and Rising Down), taken a personal look into the hearts and minds of the world's poorest inhabitants (Poor People), and now turns his attentions to America itself, to our romanticizing of "freedom" and the ways in which we restrict the very freedoms we profess to admire.

For Riding Toward Everywhere, Vollmann himself takes to the rails. His main accomplice is Steve, a captivating fellow trainhopper who expertly accompanies him through the secretive waters of this particular way of life. Vollmann describes the thrill and terror of lying in a trainyard in the dark, avoiding the flickering flashlights of the railroad bulls; the shockingly, gorgeously wild scenery of the American West as seen from a grainer platform; the complicated considerations involved in trying to hop on and off a moving train. It's a dangerous, thrilling, evocative examination of this underground lifestyle, and it is, without a doubt, one of Vollmann's most hauntingly beautiful narratives.

Questioning anything and everything, subjecting both our national romance and our skepticism about hobo life to his finely tuned, analytical eye and the reality of what he actually sees, Vollmann carries on in the tradition of Huckleberry Finn, providing a moving portrait of this strikingly modern vision of the American dream.

About the Author:

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, a worldwide examination of poverty through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; Riding Toward Everywhere, an examination of the train-hopping hobo lifestyle; and Imperial, a panoramic look at one of the poorest areas in America. He has won 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.

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