By Susan Sontag
In America is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the USA at the cusp of modernity. As she did in her tremendously well known novel The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag casts a narrative situated some time past in a clean, provocative mild to create a fictional global filled with modern resonance.
In 1876 a bunch of Poles led by way of Maryna Zalezowska, Poland's maximum actress, to migrate to the USA and trip to California to chanced on a "utopian commune." while the commune fails, Maryna remains, learns English, and―as Marina Zalenska―forges a brand new, much more successful occupation at the American degree, turning into a diva on par with Sara Bernhardt.
In the United States is approximately many stuff: a woman's look for self-transformation; the destiny of idealism; a existence within the theater; the numerous different types of love; and, now not least of all, tales and storytelling itself. Operatic within the scope and depth of the feelings it depicts, richly special and visionary in its account of the US, and peopled with unforgettable characters.
In America is the winner of the 2000 nationwide e-book Award for Fiction.
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