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The Resource In the darkroom, Susan Faludi

In the darkroom, Susan Faludi

Label
In the darkroom
Title
In the darkroom
Statement of responsibility
Susan Faludi
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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? "--
Summary
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi had barely heard from her father Steven for over 20 years when she received an email in which Steven came out as transgender. Now called Stefánie Faludi, she wanted to make her daughter's acquaintance all over again. In the Darkroom explores Stefánie's life, beginning in Budapest after World War I. Susan based this biography on recollections from her childhood, conversations and correspondence with Stefánie, as well as interviews with other family members and friends, Stefánie's surgeon, and other transgender women. In this fascinating account, Susan disentangles fact from fiction in Stefánie's recollections, painting a moving and insightful portrait. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2017.
  • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, 2016.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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Provided by publisher
Awards note
Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, 2016
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10516170
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
818/.603
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4874.F385
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
In the darkroom, Susan Faludi
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
5797506
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780805089080
Lccn
2016013605
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99968088187
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn950751084
  • (OCoLC)950751084
Label
In the darkroom, Susan Faludi
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
5797506
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780805089080
Lccn
2016013605
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99968088187
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn950751084
  • (OCoLC)950751084

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