Argall : The True Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith

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For the past ten years, acclaimed author William T. Vollmann has been working on one of the most ambitious novelistic projects of his generation: a seven-volume series of novels that examines the repeated collisions between Native Americans and European colonisers. In ARGALL, a stand-alone novel of extraordinary intensity, Vollmann alternates between extravagant Elizabethan language and gritty realism in an attempt to imagine what the lives of John Smith, Pocahontas, and their contemporaries might really have been like. Behind all of these characters stands the terrifying figure of Captain Samuel Argall, who will abduct Pocahontas, burn Indian towns, and bring black slavery to North America. This magnificent novel digs beneath the romantic legend of Pocahontas and the betrayals, disappointments, and atrocities behind it, offering a moving tale of dispossession that will appeal to fans of history and contemporary fiction alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 768 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 45.72mm | 680.39g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142001503
  • 9780142001509
  • 649,676

About William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann, the author of eleven books, was named one of the twenty best writers in America under forty by the New Yorker. His 1996 collection, The Altas, won the PEN/Center USA West Award for Fiction, and The Royal Family (available from Turnaround) won the Silver Medal of the California Book Awards. He writes for the New Yorker, Esquire and Spin, among others.
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"Ascend[s] lyrically into the weather-beaten, blood-soaked early history of America" - THE INDEPENDENT "One of the masterpieces of the century." - The Chicago Tribune "Arguably the best instalment in this magnificent series." - Library Journal "Vollmann's commanding yet nimble, ironic yet deeply felt approach to the continent's complex history is the work of genius." - Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)"
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