Imperial by William T. Vollmann
For generations of migrant workers, Imperial Country has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell. It sprawls across a stirring accidental sea, across the deserts, date groves and labor camps of Southeastern California, right across the border into Mexico. In this eye-opening book, Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, exploring polluted...
The Atlas by William T. Vollmann
Set in locales from Phnom Penh to Sarajevo, from Jerusalem to New York, and provocatively combining autobiography with invention, these 53 interconnected tales examine poverty, violence, and loss, even as they celebrate the beauty of landscape, the thrill of the alien, and the infinitely precious pain of love.