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An Afghanistan picture show, or, How I saved the world, William T. Vollmann

Label
An Afghanistan picture show, or, How I saved the world
Title
An Afghanistan picture show, or, How I saved the world
Statement of responsibility
William T. Vollmann
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In 1982 William T. Vollmann, one of our most versatile talents, traveled to see the war in Afghanistan. In An Afghanistan Picture Show, his first book-length work of non-fiction, Vollmann paints a brutally honest and dryly comic portrait of a young American coming to terms with his political naivete. It is the story of a would-be giver who finds himself a perpetual Stranger, unable to comprehend the simplest things he hears and sees, and continually compelled to rely on others for help. In two narrative perspectives, Vollmann wryly confronts his own inadequacy in the face of limitless suffering and comes to the realization that one who went to aid and to understand could only hope, trust, and receive
  • In An Afghanistan Picture Show Vollmann describes a Cold War world of spies and lurking strangeness, a world in which his younger self asks unanswerable questions of orphans, refugees, guerrilla leaders, bureaucrats, corrupt officials, and prescient has-been politicians. He tells of Pakistan, a country as gracious in spirit as she is materially poor. And in his unnerving innocence Vollmann explores a land in which others continually invest him with almost supernatural powers simply because he is American. An ingenious narrative which inverts the very concept of the "white man's burden" and questions the idea of "truth" in non-fiction, An Afghanistan Picture Show stands as William T. Vollmann most entertaining--and autobiographical--work to date
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vollmann, William T
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS371.2
LC item number
.V65 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vollmann, William T.
  • Vollmann, William T
  • Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Travel
  • Afghanistan-Konflikt (1979-1992)
  • Ethik
Label
An Afghanistan picture show, or, How I saved the world, William T. Vollmann
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265])
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 268
Isbn
9780374101053
Lccn
92007415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25509331
  • (OCoLC)ocm25509331
Label
An Afghanistan picture show, or, How I saved the world, William T. Vollmann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265])
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 268
Isbn
9780374101053
Lccn
92007415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25509331
  • (OCoLC)ocm25509331

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