The Rifles (novel)

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The Rifles
First edition cover
Author William T. Vollmann
Cover artist Jacket design by Daniel Rembert
Cover photograph by Ulli Stelttzer
Country United States
Language English
Series Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes
Genre Literary fiction
Publisher Viking Penguin
Publication date
February 24, 1994
Media type Print (Paperback and Hardcover)
Pages 411 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-670-84856-5 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 28722824
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3572.O395 R54 1994
Preceded by Fathers and Crows
Followed by Argall: The True Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith

The Rifles is a 1994 novel by American writer William T. Vollmann. It is intended to be the sixth book in a planned seven-book cycle entitled Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes. As of 2015, however, only five of the seven have been published, The Rifles being the third to reach print.

Unlike the other books in this series so far, The Rifles is not wholly an historical novel, as it primarily takes place in the early 1990s, although the storyline depicting the trials and challenges of modern Inuit life is tied to the ill-fated exploration of the Arctic region by Sir John Franklin in the mid-19th century. The novel also discusses the 1955 forced migration of Inuit from Inukjuak, Quebec to Resolute, Nunavut.


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