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House Made of Dawn

N. Scott Momaday

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece set against the landscape of the American Southwest.
'Superb' New York Times

A young Native American, Abel has come home to New Mexico from war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his grandfather's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world - modern, industrial America - pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, and goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of depravity and despair.

An American classic, House Made of Dawn is simultaneously a tragic and hopeful tale about a stranger in his native land, finding his way back to all that is familiar and sacred.

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Praise for House Made of Dawn

  • Superb - NEW YORK TIMES

  • Both a masterpiece about the universal human condition and a masterpiece of Native American literature ... A beautiful artistic object, a book everyone should read for the joy and emotion of the language it contains - PARIS REVIEW

  • Momaday is at root a storyteller who both preserves and expands Native American culture in his critically praised, transformative writing

  • Authentic and powerful ... Anyone who picks up this novel and reads the first paragraph will be hard-pressed to put it down - CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

  • As subtly wrought as a piece of Navajo silverware - NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF BOOKS

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N. Scott Momaday

N Scott Momaday was born in 1934 and is a Kiowa novelist, poet, painter and teacher. His novel House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, and is considered the first major work of the Native American Renaissance. In 2004 he was appointed an Artist for Peace by UNESCO for his outstanding achievements as a writer and painter, and in recognition of his actions in support of the restorations and preservation of Native American heritage and cultural traditions. Momaday received the National Medal of Arts in 2007 for his work's celebration and preservation of indigenous oral and art tradition. He holds numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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