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Democracy - (Vintage International) by Joan Didion (Paperback)

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  • From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking and Let Me Tell You What I Mean--a gorgeously written, bitterly funny look at the relationship between politics and personal life.
  • About the Author: JOAN DIDION was born in Sacramento in 1934 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1956.
  • 240 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Political
  • Series Name: Vintage International

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About the Book



Moving between Honolulu, Jakarta and Saigon, against the historical backdrop of the final withdrawal from Vietnam, this novel is a bitingly funny, cumulatively devastating post-mortem of our national mores and institutions. A U.S. Senator, his wife, senatorial groupies and international arms dealing intersect with one another in this blistering indictment of American amnesia.



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From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking and Let Me Tell You What I Mean--a gorgeously written, bitterly funny look at the relationship between politics and personal life.

Moving deftly between romance, farce, and tragedy, from 1970s America to Vietnam to Jakarta, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.

Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam.

As conceived by Joan Didion, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, senatorial groupies, the international arms market, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class.



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"A gem . . . a beautifully composed story that moves with effortless authority and becomes astonishingly moving. . . . Stirring and memorable." --Newsday

"Striking, provocative, and brilliantly written." --The Atlantic




About the Author



JOAN DIDION was born in Sacramento in 1934 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1956. After graduation, Didion moved to New York and began working for Vogue, which led to her career as a journalist and writer. Didion published her first novel, Run River, in 1963. Didion's other novels include A Book of Common Prayer (1977), Democracy (1984), and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996).

Didion's first volume of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, was published in 1968, and her second, The White Album, was published in 1979. Her nonfiction works include Salvador (1983), Miami (1987), After Henry (1992), Political Fictions (2001), Where I Was From (2003), We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (2006), Blue Nights (2011), South and West (2017) and Let Me Tell You What I Mean (2021). Her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2005.

In 2005, Didion was awarded the American Academy of Arts & Letters Gold Medal in Criticism and Belles Letters. In 2007, she was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. A portion of National Book Foundation citation read: "An incisive observer of American politics and culture for more than forty-five years, Didion's distinctive blend of spare, elegant prose and fierce intelligence has earned her books a place in the canon of American literature as well as the admiration of generations of writers and journalists." In 2013, she was awarded a National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Barack Obama, and the PEN Center USA's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Didion said of her writing: "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means." She died in December 2021.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.04 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .64 Inches (D)
Weight: .5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Political
Series Title: Vintage International
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Author: Joan Didion
Language: English
Street Date: April 25, 1995
TCIN: 81599240
UPC: 9780679754855
Item Number (DPCI): 247-15-1899
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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