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In the Darkroom Paperback – May 2, 2017
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“This book is a masterpiece.”―Ann Patchett
“In the Darkroom is an absolute stunner of a memoir―probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you’d never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth―‘a simultaneously inscrutable and volatile presence, a black box and a detonator’―and to reexamine the very notion and nature of identity.”―The New York Times (daily review)
“Penetrating and lucid...In the Darkroom is Faludi’s rich, arresting, and ultimately generous investigation of her father.”―The New York Times Book Review (front page)
“A gripping and honest personal journey...that ultimately transcends family and addresses much bigger questions of identity and reinvention.”―Entertainment Weekly
“Riveting...Ms. Faludi unfolds her father’s story like the plot of a detective novel.”―The Wall Street Journal
“Many great writers eventually turn to biography, but rarely does it so directly crash into their lifelong intellectual pursuits....Few can dissect a prevailing cultural norm as well as Faludi can.”―The Washington Post
“Faludi’s eloquent, timely, and sweeping-yet-intimate new book...is a mash-up of genres and themes about family secrets, masculinity and femininity, feminism, violence, the Holocaust, taking revenge. Knitting it all together are questions of identity: Who―or what―makes us who and what we are? How immutable is the end result?”―Elle
“Sometimes, reality delivers up not just a remarkable story, but a remarkable story containing a set of parallel motifs that seem too absurdly perfect to be credible. . . . Most of In the Darkroom, and the best of it, consists of the epic battle, and eventually the epic rapprochement, between Susan and [her father] Stefánie―an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.”―Slate
“Extraordinary: part riveting family memoir, part revelatory Holocaust history, but most of all a profound meditation on human identity....In the Darkroom is nothing if not timely. It is also highly significant....We live in an age overflowing with bitter battles over identity―with too little of Susan Faludi’s humane desire to understand.”―The National Book Review
“A wrought and multilayered memoir...Powerful and absorbing.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A moving and penetrating inquiry into manifold struggles for identity, community, and authenticity.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Wow. Susan Faludi’s new book is so good. Like a really dry martini. Pow!”―The Observer (London)
“Astonishing, unique...Should be essential reading.”―The Irish Independent (Dublin)
“A record of Stefanie Faludi's extraordinary life, and an unsettling interrogation of that modern obsession, identity....Few have asked these questions with such riveting precision.”―The Spectator (UK)
“In the Darkroom is a unique, deeply affecting and beautifully written book, full of warmth, intelligence and...humour. It makes a flawless weave of biography and autobiography with an examination of identity politics, Hungarian history, the Holocaust and the reparable bond between parent and child.”―The Saturday Paper (Australia)
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I've always been intrigued by Buda Pest ever since I read John Lukacs "Budapest 1900" a book that Faludi mentions in her text. She spends time exploring the city in which her father grew up, and for anybody trying to understand how this once backwater city came to rival Paris for a brief time prior to WWI you could not read a better book.
I do not disagree with the reviewer who makes the point that Faludi's father tried to get her to write "his" side of the story. However I also think that while it would have been impossible for the author to uncover all of his deceptions, she creates enough of a sense of Stephen/Stephanie so that we know that there was no way anybody -- not even this gifted journalist -- could uncover the entire story. An amazing book.
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I learnt a lot
It is very wellwritten and full of informations perfectly dokumented, and even as it was not exactly what I had expected, it made me much wiser as to the history of Hungary, the reasons for the continuous hatred to jews in that country, the bitterness of the hungarian people after the divisions of territory after world war one, plus the amazing story of a couragious jewish boy during w.w.2 and his life as photographer as an adult.
The story of his transgenderisme follows, I think, more or less most of transgenders, I think the castration of a man always is a tragety, and I am very happy not having had "THE operation".
My daughter has'nt yet had the time and the energi to read the book, maybe it never will happen ? For many years the relationship between her and me has been very close (after the first choc !).
Fine book for people with interests in that world !