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In the Darkroom (Hardcover)

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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 identified as 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 metamorphosis 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?

About the Author


Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Terror Dream, Stiffed, and Backlash, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's, and The Baffler, among other publications.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780805089080
ISBN-10: 080508908X
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: English