Vollman's ambitious seven-part series of postmodern historical novels begins with these two volumes, which focus respectively on encounters between Scandinavians and Native Americans in the first millenium C.E. and on the exploits of the French and the missionary Jesuits in Canada from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This author has a way with words and very credibly weaves the mythic & legendary tales of the old Norse folk (as we have these through the medium of 12th & 13th century Icelandic saga literature) into a meandering and sometimes interesting speculative essay on the experience of exploration & discovery, as recorded in the old sagas (both of the Icelanders & of the Eskimos of Greenland). But whatever else this book is, and Vollman's rendering of some of the old Norse legendry is quite nice, it is … more