Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes--as do the holy men of his tribe--that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.
In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called "Long Hair," Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe's homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts--on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.
Dan Simmons (ILIUM, DROOD) flaunts his unmatched ability to mingle history and fiction in this epic examination of the extermination of Native American culture in the American West. Ever since he was 10 years old, a Sioux warrior named Paha Sapa has been gifted with the ability to tap into the memories and the futures of those he touches, allowing him to observe the grievous history of his people through the eyes of legendary men like George Custer and Crazy Horse. In order to vanquish these horrific visions, Sapa seeks revenge on the nation of oppressors, and he finds the perfect opportunity to strike in 1936, as FDR arrives in South Dakota to dedicate the newly completed Mount Rushmore monument, which Sapa sees as a defacement of his sacred Black Hills. Simmons chillingly portrays the legacy of atrocity and violence against Native Americans, masterfully dividing the reader's loyalties as he builds to an explosive final act.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities, Religion + Beliefs, Historical Fiction, Peoples + Cultures
- February 24, 2010
- February 24, 2010
- Dan Simmons
- Erik Davies (Narrator), Michael McConnohie (Narrator)