Imperial is a 2009 study of California's Imperial Valley and Imperial County by American author William T. Vollmann. The product of over a decade's research, the 1,344-page published text is Vollmann's longest single-volume work. The book is divided into thirteen sections and explores the history, economics and geography of the region from 13,000 B.C. to the present day, with a particular focus on the border with Mexico.
Vollmann has called Imperial "my Moby-Dick".
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date of publication: 2009
genre: creative nonfiction
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