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"Perfectly crafted. . . . [These] stories expand of their own accord, lingering in the mind the way intense light lingers in the retina."  --Los Angeles Times

"Animals and landscapes have not had this weight, this precision, in American fiction since Hemingway's young heroes were fishing the streams of upper Michigan and Spain." --San Francisco Chronicle

A flock of great blue herons descending through a snowstorm to the streets of New...

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Overview

"Perfectly crafted. . . . [These] stories expand of their own accord, lingering in the mind the way intense light lingers in the retina."  --Los Angeles Times

"Animals and landscapes have not had this weight, this precision, in American fiction since Hemingway's young heroes were fishing the streams of upper Michigan and Spain." --San Francisco Chronicle

A flock of great blue herons descending through a snowstorm to the streets of New York. . . . A river in Nebraska disappearing mysteriously. . . . A ghostly herd of buffalo that sings a song of death. . . . A mystic who raises constellations of stones from the desert floor. . . . All these are to be found in Winter Count, the exquisite and rapturous collection by the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams.

In these resonant and unpredictable stories Barry Lopez proves that he is one of the most important and original writers at work in America today. With breathtaking skill and a few deft strokes he produces painfully beautiful scenes. Combining the real with the wondrous, he offers us a pure vision of people alive to the immediacy and spiritual truth of nature.

"Powerful. . . . [Lopez] can steal your breath away." --Minneapolis Tribune

"Richly allusive, moving, compassionate, these stories celebrate the web of nature that holds the world together."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

From the American Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams comes a timeless, intoxicating collection of evocative stories. In these exquisite tales, an explorer goes mad when faced with the disappearance of a river; blue herons descend upon Manhattan; a lonely desert hermit clears a path for a secret celestial wind; and more.

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"Perfectly crafted--The stories--linger in the mind the way      intense light lingers in the retina." --Los Angeles Times

"An artist in language -- a first-rate American writer. Lopez goes straight to the heart of the peculiar sensations, both physical and mental, known to all who have allowed themselves open communion with the land."  - Edward Abbey

"Flawless--. As painstakingly crafted and as         resonant as a good classical guitar."  - The New York Times Book Review

"Richly allusive, moving, compassionate."                 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Lopez succeeds in awakening our fleeting      yearnings and hidden feelings. This book should be savored for the force of its imagery and the magic of its prose."  - Houston Chronicle

Richard Nicholls
"Reaffirms his unique place in contemporary literature...richly allusive, moving, compassionate, these stories celebrate the web of nature that holds the world together." -- The Philadelphia Enquirer
Lianne Mercer
"Lopez succeeds in awakening our fleeting yearings and hidden feelings. This book should be savoured for the force of its imagery and the magic of its prose." -- The Houston Chronicle
David Quanmen
"Flawless...as painstakengly crafted and as resonant as a good classical guitar." -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679781417
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 762,733
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Lopez is the author of six works of nonfiction and eight works of fiction. His writing appears regularly in Harper's, The Paris Review, DoubleTake, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honors. He lives in western Oregon.
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