"A portrait of a country and a people in turmoil, of how Communism both creates and devours its sons." -- Publishers Weekly
"An absolutely first-rate book, one of the best things I've ever seen on the whole experience of communism. . . ." -- Irving Howe
"Kis is one of the major writers of the second half of the century. . . . Kis preserves the honor of literature." -- Susan Sontag, Partisan Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories, and a seven-volume critique of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. He is also the author of Poor People, a worldwide examination of poverty through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; Riding Toward Everywhere, an examination of the train-hopping hobo lifestyle; and Imperial, a panoramic look at one of the poorest areas in America. He has won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award. His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Spin and Granta. Vollmann lives in Sacramento, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.