From the author of "Europe Central," a journalistic tour de force along the Mexican-American border.
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, William T. Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, exploring polluted rivers and guarded factories and talking with everyone from Mexican migrant workers to border patrolmen. Teeming with patterns, facts, stories, people and hope, this is an epic study of an emblematic region.
"Obsessive, strangely engrossing . . . a combination history book, documentary, autobiography, and topographical survey." --Time "Vollmann has penetrated the soul of a place that is like few others on earth, but whose hardships and triumphs tell you something universal about the durability and ambition of the human spirit." --The Economist
"No one who reads this singular, significant book--half Michael Harrington's The Other America, half James Joyce's Finnegans Wake--will contemplate NAFTA, illegal immigration, or a trip to a 'Southside' brothel without thinking of [Vollmann]." --The Washington Post
"Tracks the battles, real and metaphorical, that define Imperial County--battles over immigration and water, identity and the reach and limitations of political power. The book is perhaps the clearest expression of Vollmann's career-long commitment to immersing himself in complexities." --Los Angeles Times
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Number Of Pages: 1168
Published: 26th October 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 1.06