Sorrow of the earth : Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the tragedy of show business / Eric Vuillard ; translation, Ann Jefferson.
Contributor(s): Jefferson, Ann (Translator) [translator.].Material type: BookPublisher: London : Pushkin Press, 2016Copyright date: �2016Description: 155 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781782272212; 1782272216.Uniform titles: Tristesse de la terre. English Subject(s): Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917 | Sitting Bull, 1831-1890 | Indians of North America -- Great Plains -- History -- 19th century | Wild west shows -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 978.020922
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Fascinating, brilliant and angry: the tale of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the tragic fate of its Native American participants.
Buffalo Bill was the prince of show business. His spectacular Wild West shows were performed to packed houses across the world, holding audiences spellbound with their grand re-enactments of tales from the American frontier. For Bill gave the crowds something they'd never seen before: real-life Indians.
This astonishing work of historical re-imagining tells the story of the Native Americans swallowed up by Buffalo Bill's great entertainment machine. Of chief Sitting Bull, paraded in theatres to boos and catcalls for fifty dollars a week. Of a baby Lakota girl, found under her mother's frozen body, adopted and displayed on the stage. Of the last few survivors of Wounded Knee, hired to act out the horrific massacre of their tribe as entertainment. And of Buffalo Bill Cody himself, hamming it to the last, even as it consumed him.
Told with beauty, compassion and anger, Sorrow of the Earth shows us tragedy turned into a circus act, history into sham, truth into a spectacle more powerful than reality itself. Could any of us turn away?
Originally published in French as Tristesse de la terre in 2014.
Tells the story of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in a narrative story form.
The Museum of Mankind -- What is the eseence of spectacle? -- An actor -- Buffalo Bill in Alsace-Lorraine -- The massacre at Wounded Knee -- Buying a child -- The "Battle" of Wounded Knee -- The town of Cody -- Reality isn't what it used to be -- The princes of entertainment die in sorrow -- Histories -- Snow
"This astonishing work of historical re-imagining tells the little-known story of the Native Americans swallowed up by Buffalo Bill's great entertainment machine"--Jacket.
Translated from the French.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- The Museum of Mankind (p. 9)
- What Is the Essence of Spectacle? (p. 15)
- An Actor (p. 23)
- Buffalo Bill in Alsace-Lorraine (p. 35)
- The Massacre of Wounded Knee (p. 49)
- Buying a Child (p. 61)
- The "Battle" of Wounded Knee (p. 75)
- The Town of Cody (p. 97)
- Reality Isn't What It Used to Be (p. 113)
- The Princes of Entertainment Die in Sorrow (p. 123)
- Histories (p. 135)
- Snow (p. 143)