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In the darkroom

Author: Susan Faludi
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. 'In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Susan Faludi; Susan Faludi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Faludi
ISBN: 9780805089080 080508908X
OCLC Number: 950751084
Awards: Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, 2016
Description: 417 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Returns and departures --
Rear window --
The original from the copy --
Home insecurity --
The person you were meant to be --
It's not me anymore --
His body into pieces. Hers. --
On the altar of the homeland --
Ráday 9 --
Something more and something other --
A lady is a lady whatever the case may be --
The mind is a black box --
Learn to forget --
Some kind of psychic disturbance --
The Grand Hotel Royal --
Smitten in the hinder parts --
The subtle poison of adjustment --
You're out of the woods --
The transformation of the patient is without a doubt --
Pity, O God, the Hungarian --
All the female steps --
Paid up --
Getting away with it --
The pregnancy of the world --
Escape.
Responsibility: Susan Faludi.

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"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. 'In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things -- obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.' So begins Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father -- long estranged and living in Hungary -- had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who claimed to be 'a complete woman now' connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who'd built his career on the alteration of images? Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father's many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful -- and virulent -- nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals. Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's reinvented self takes her across borders -- historical, political, religious, sexual -- to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you 'choose, ' or is it the very thing you can't escape? "--

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