For generations of migrant workers Imperial County has held the promise of paradise - and the reality of hell. Sprawling across a stinking artificial ...Show synopsisFor generations of migrant workers Imperial County has held the promise of paradise - and the reality of hell. Sprawling across a stinking artificial sea, across the deserts, date groves and labour camps of south-eastern California, it is a land beautiful and harsh, enticing and deadly, rich in history and heartbreak. Across the border, the desert is the same, but there are different secrets. In "Imperial", award-winning writer William T. Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, and by extension into the dark soul of American imperialism. Known for his penetrating meditations on poverty and violence, Vollmann has spent ten years doggedly investigating every facet of this bi-national area, raiding archives, exploring polluted rivers, guarded factories and Chinese tunnels, strip clubs, churches and sweatshops, talking with everyone from farmers to border patrolmen in his search for the fading American dream and its Mexican equivalent.Hide synopsis
Imperial (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (2010)
William T Vollmann
Trade paperback, Penguin Books 2010
ISBN: 0143118404 ISBN-13: 9780143118404
From the author of "Europe Central" comes a journalistic tour de force set along the Mexican-American border.From the author of "Europe Central" comes a journalistic tour de force set along the Mexican-American border.Hide
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