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William T. Vollmann

Self-portrait  William T. Vollmann

An unclassifiable writer considered by David Foster Wallace as one of the most singular voices of his generation, in 2005 he won the National Book Award for his novel Europe Central.

William T. Vollmann was born in Los Angelesin 1959. His extensive bibliography includes the novels Butterfly StoriesThe Royal Family and Europe Central; the five published instalments of Seven Dreams about the conflicts between the native American Indians and European settlers; collections of short stories (13 Stories and 13 Epitaphs and The Rainbow Stories); a seven-volume critique of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down, and the essay Poor People.

In 2005 he won the National Book Award, the most important USliterary prize. He has also received the PENCenterUSAWest Award for Fiction, the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and the Whiting Writers’ Award. His journalistic and fictional work has been published in The New YorkerEsquireSpin and Granta.

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