Fathers and Crows

Fathers and Crows

by William T. Vollmann




The story of the wars of belief between the French Jesuits and the Iroquois in sixteenth- to eighteenth-century Canada – from the author of Europe Central, winner of the National Book Award

With the same panoramic vision and mythic sensibility he brought to The Ice-Shirt, William T. Vollmann continues his hugely original fictional history of the clash of Indians and Europeans in the New World. It is 400 years ago, and the Black Gowns, French Jesuit priests, are beginning their descent into the forests of Canada, eagerly seeking to convert the Huron—and courting martyrdom at the hands of the rival Iroquois. Through the eyes of these vastly different peoples—particularly through those of the grimly pious Father Jean de Brebeuf and the Indian prophetess Born Underwater—Vollmann reconstructs America's past as tragedy, nightmare, and bloody spectacle. In the process, he does nothing less than reinvent the American novel as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140167177
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Series: Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes Series , #2
Pages: 1008
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award.  He has also written four collections of stories, including The Atlas, which won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a memoir, and six works of nonfiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, Granta, and many other publications.


Sacramento, California

Date of Birth:

July 28, 1959

Place of Birth:

Santa Monica, California


Attended Deep Springs College and Cornell University

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