by Barry Lopez ’66, ’68M.A., with monotypes by Alan Magee (Knopf)


The winner of the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams turns back to fiction here, with nine interrelated first-person accounts by characters who have drawn the attention of their oppressive, unnamed government. With these taut tales, Lopez has said he is taking on “the human impulse toward political strong-arming and empire building.”

As a cabinet maker, architect, physician, translator, historian and other “persons of interest” share the paths they took to resistance, their testimonials highlight such topical concerns as the degradation of the environment, the culture of materialism, and the rush to war. The individual narrators live in different parts of the world, but they see and fear the greed, intolerance and self-righteousness that tyrannizes people today.

(November 2004)