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David Vann - Author

About the Author

David Vann is an internationally bestselling author whose work has been translated into nineteen languages. He is the winner of fifteen prizes, including France's Prix Medicis Etranger, Spain's Premi Llibreter, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, the AWP Non-fiction Prize, and France's L'Express Readers' Prize. His books - Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, Dirt, A Mile Down, and Last Day on Earth - have appeared on seventy Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Wallace Stegner Fellow, John L'Heureux Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he is a professor at the University of Warwick and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comte, France. He has written for publications such as the Atlantic, Esquire, McSweeney's, Sunday Times, Observer, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Elle and many others. He has also appeared in documentaries for the BBC, Nova, National Geographic, and CNN. www.davidvann.com

Featured books by David Vann

Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

This is a shocking, suspenseful and daring new novel from one of the greatest American writers at work today, whose previous books include Caribou Island, Dirt and Legend of a Suicide. In David Vann's searing novel Goat Mountain, an eleven-year-old boy is eager to make his first kill at his family's annual deer hunt. But all is not as it should be. His father discovers a poacher on the land, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, and shows him to the boy through the scope of his rifle. With this simple gesture, tragedy erupts, shattering lives irrevocably. Set over the course of one hot and hellish weekend, Goat Mountain is the story of a family struggling to contend with a terrible crime and its repercussions. David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions - what we owe for what we've done. Dark, disturbing and unbearably tense, this is the startling new novel from David Vann, 'one of the best writers of his generation' (Le Figaro).

Other books by David Vann

Bright Air Black

Bright Air Black

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis - where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann's reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea's humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea's story ever told.

Bright Air Black

Bright Air Black

Author: David Vann Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2017

In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis - as Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann's reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long-held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea's humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporeal version of Medea's story ever told.

A Mile Down The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea

A Mile Down The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

David Vann has loved boats all his life. So when his academic career seems to be stuck in the doldrums, he leaps at the opportunity to start an educational charter business, teaching creative writing workshops aboard a sailboat. But a trip to Turkey seems him dreaming bigger - and before he knows it, he is at the helm of his own ninety-foot boat, running charters along the Turkish coast. And here his troubles begin. Sinking deep into debt, and encountering everything from a lost rudder to freak storms, Vann is on the verge of losing everything - including his life. Part high-seas adventure, part journey of self-discovery, A Mile Down is a gripping and unforgettable story of struggle and redemption, by a writer at the top of his game.

Legenda unei sinucideri

Legenda unei sinucideri

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Prix Medicis Etranger, Franta, 2010Premi Llibreter, Spania, 2011California Book Award, 2008Grace Paley Price, 2007Daca ideea de eliberare prin scris"e; are in ea o samanta de adevar, povestirile cvasiautobiografice din acest volum reprezinta cea mai buna exemplificare. Obsedat de imaginea unui tata ciudat, greu de inteles, care pare sa nu-si fi gasit nicaieri locul potrivit, David Vann incearca sa ii traseze traiectoria de viata, pentru a-l intelege mai bine si pentru a reusi sa se impace cu el. Isi rememoreaza mai intai copilaria, momentele dureroase sau senine petrecute alaturi de tatal sau ori cu gandul la el. Isi imagineaza apoi o calatorie cu el in Alaska, unde se retrag amandoi intr-o regiune nelocuita, in mijlocul naturii salbatice, incercand parca sa transforme in realitate atractia dintotdeauna a tatalui fata de spiritul de frontiera"e;, nostalgia unei austeritati care ar fi putut sa compenseze viata traita pana atunci in dezordine, egoism si inselaciune. Cu o intransigenta, dar si o ingenuitate remarcabile, baiatul merge pana la capat alaturi de tatal sau si rezolva in mod radical nu atat enigma acestuia, cat raporturile sale filiale cu el si conflictul moral devastator din viata tatalui.Volum tradus in 19 limbi

Aquarium

Aquarium

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

'Startlingly brilliant' Spectator 'A triumph' Daily Mail 'One of America's most powerful writers' Times Literary Supplement Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother - a docker at the local container port - in subsidised housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin is transported to a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamoured by the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother towards a precipice of terrifying consequence.

Aquarium

Aquarium

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2015

David Vann's dazzling debut Legend of a Suicide was reviewed in over a 150 major global publications, won eleven prizes worldwide, was on forty "e;best books of the year"e; lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, Vann has delivered an exceptional body of work, receiving, among others, best foreign novel in France and Spain, a California Book Award, and the mid-career St. Francis College Literary Prize. Aquarium, his implosive new book, will take Vann to a wider audience than ever before.Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother-a docker at the local container port-in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence.In crystalline, chiseled, yet graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, Aquarium is a transporting story from one of the best American writers of our time.

Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

This is a shocking, suspenseful and daring new novel from one of the greatest American writers at work today, whose previous books include Caribou Island, Dirt and Legend of a Suicide. In David Vann's searing novel Goat Mountain, an eleven-year-old boy is eager to make his first kill at his family's annual deer hunt. But all is not as it should be. His father discovers a poacher on the land, a 640-acre ranch in Northern California, and shows him to the boy through the scope of his rifle. With this simple gesture, tragedy erupts, shattering lives irrevocably. Set over the course of one hot and hellish weekend, Goat Mountain is the story of a family struggling to contend with a terrible crime and its repercussions. David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions - what we owe for what we've done. Dark, disturbing and unbearably tense, this is the startling new novel from David Vann, 'one of the best writers of his generation' (Le Figaro).

Dirt

Dirt

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Twenty-two-year-old Galen is a New Age believer on a warpath towards transcendence. He lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded house, surviving on old family money that his Aunt Helen and cousin Jennifer are determined to get their hands on. Galen doesn't know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother is losing her memory. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, tensions crescendo. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain what it is he craves.

It's Not Yours (Fast Fiction)

It's Not Yours (Fast Fiction)

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2011

A boy recovering from his father's death goes on a camping trip with his uncle and gets caught up in a maelstrom of joy and grief.Fast Fiction: A selection of masterful short stories from 4th Estate short story collections, and the best talent from The Sunday Times authors, available to purchase as single story ebooks.

Caribou Island

Caribou Island

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2011

On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unravelling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary's old dream, they're hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to patch together the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. Across the water on the mainland, Irene and Gary's grown daughter, Rhoda is starting her own life. She fantasizes about the perfect wedding day, whilst her betrothed, Jim the dentist, wonders about the possibility of an altogether different future. From the author of the massively-acclaimed Legend of a Suicide, comes a devastating novel about a marriage, a couple blighted by past shadows and the weight of expectation, of themselves and of each other. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest in its depiction of love and disappointment, David Vann's first novel confirms him as one of America's most dazzling writers of fiction.

Caribou Island

Caribou Island

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 18/01/2011

On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling. Alone now that the children are grown, Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, is determined to build from scratch the cabin he has always wanted, believing it will recapture what once drew him to Alaska. Irene knows better. She suspects that the cabin is Gary's first step to leaving her. Soon they are hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health. But setbacks begin to create chinks in Gary's half-baked design, while Irene is stricken with mysterious headaches and troubling flashes of her tragic past. With each trip to the island their desperation escalates, and when winter comes early, the punishing desolation of the prehistoric wilderness will threaten to push Irene and Gary to the edge and end a marriage sustained by pain and rage that has been simmering for years. A noir novel rooted in a world of profound violence and regret, Caribou Island is an exploration of marriage and exile set against the interminable restlessness of Alaska's primal landscape.

Higher Blue

Higher Blue

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2010

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.

Ichthyology

Ichthyology

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2010

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.

Ketchikan

Ketchikan

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2010

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.

Legend of Good Men

Legend of Good Men

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2010

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.

Rhoda

Rhoda

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2010

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.

Sukkwan Island

Sukkwan Island

Author: David Vann Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2010

In semiautobiographical stories set largely in David Vann's native Alaska, Legend of a Suicide follows Roy Fenn from his birth on an island at the edge of the Bering Sea to his return thirty years later to confront the turbulent emotions and complex legacy of his father's suicide.

Legend of a Suicide

Legend of a Suicide

Author: David Vann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2009

Roy is still young when his father, a failed dentist and hapless fisherman, puts a .44 magnum to his head and commits suicide on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory and the shadow it casts over his small-town boyhood, describing with poignant, mercurial wit his parents' woeful marriage and inevitable divorce, their kindnesses and weaknesses, the absurd and comic turning-points of his past. Finally, in Legend of a Suicide, Roy lays his father's ghost to rest. But not before he exacts a gruelling, exhilarating revenge. Revolving around a fatally misconceived adventure deep in the wilderness of Alaska, this is a remarkably tender story of survival and disillusioned love.

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