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Fools Crow (Penguin Classics)

Fools Crow (Penguin Classics)


Book Overview: Fools Crow (Penguin Classics)

The 25th-anniversary edition of "a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events...is a major contribution to Native American literature." (Wallace Stegner)

In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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James Welch, a distinguished literary figure of the 20th century, is best known for his significant contributions to Native American literature. Born in Browning, Montana in 1940 to a Blackfeet father and a Gros Ventre mother, Welch grew up deeply immersed in Native American culture. This rich cultural background heavily influenced his writing and offered an authentic voice to his work, making him a groundbreaking voice in the Native American Renaissance, a movement that sought to express the contemporary Native American experience through literature. Educated at the University of Montana and the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, Welch quickly made his mark in the literary world with his debut novel “Winter in the Blood” in 1974. His unique narrative style and vivid portrayal of Native American life resonated with readers and critics alike. He continued to capture the essence of Native American life and history in his subsequent novels which include notable works like "Fools Crow," a historical novel that received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. Throughout his career, Welch was devoted to exploring and illuminating the Native American experience, deftly blending history and storytelling in his works. His novels are not just descriptive accounts, but powerful narratives that unravel the complexities of Native American life. James Welch's death in 2003 marked the end of an era, but his legacy continues to inspire and influence contemporary Native American writers. His unwavering dedication to his craft, together with his profound understanding of his culture, make him an enduring figure in American literature.

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