The Rainbow Storiesby William T. Vollmann
From a writer who has won comparison with Thomas Pynchon and William S. Burroughs comes thirteen unnerving and often breathtaking stories populated by punks and angels, skinheads and religious assassins, streetwalkers and fetishists--people who live outside the law and and the clear light of the every day. Set in landscapes as diverse as ancient Babylon, India, and the seamy underbelly of San Francisco, these daring and innovative tales are laced with Vollman's fertile imagination. The Rainbow Stories ushers us into a world that bears an awful yet hypnotic resemblance to that of our deepest nightmares, confirming Vollman's reputation as a dark visionary of contemporary fiction.
Meet the Author
William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California.
- 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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I was one of the Height street punks in the early 80s. I was on the streets of SF for a time and was roomates with Dicky Discusting (Frank) and Boot Woman. I also knew Mark Dagger and many of the shinheads in the book where I lived in a world that few could comprehend. It was like bizzaro world and if anyone could ever capture the pure insanity of that place, Volmann has. I have read other reviewers refur to his 'cast of colorful charactors' as if he made them up. Believe me, he masterfully retold a chapter in my life as I thought nobody could. I found it reviting to see old friends from the streets of Sanfran brought back to life. Ian Mouer email@example.com