(From the publisher):
The time is the tenth century A.D. The newcomers are a proud and bloody-minded people whose kings once changed themselves into wolves. The Norse have advanced as implacably as as a glacier from Iceland to the wastes of Greenland - and from there to the place they call 'Vinland the Good.' The natives are a bronze-skinned race who have not yet discovered iron and still see themselves as part of nature.
As Vollmann tells the converging stories of these two peoples - and of the Norsewomen Freydis and Gudrid, whose venomous rivalry brings frost into paradise - he creates a tour de force of 'speculative history,' a vivid amalgam of Icelandic saga, Inuit creation myth, and contemporary travel writing that yields a new and utterly original vision of our continent and its past.
Original title: The Ice-Shirt
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Prehistoric Epics, Ancient Civilizations, and Precontact Native Americans