In America

In America

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In 1876 a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travel to California to found a "utopian" commune. Maryna, who has renounced her career, is accompanied by her small son and husband; in her entourage is a rising young writer who is in love with her. The novel portrays a West that is still largely empty, where white settlers confront native Californians and Asian coolies. The image of America, and of California - as fantasy, as escape, as radical simplification - constantly meets a more complex reality. The commune fails and most of the migrants go home, but Maryna stays and triumphs on the American stage. In America is a big, juicy, surprising book - about a woman's search for self-transformation, about the fate of idealism, about the world of the theater - that will captivate its readers from the first page.

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  • ISBN 13: 9780312273200
  • ISBN 10: 0312273207
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 387
  • Grade: Non-Classifiable
  • Size: 8.20" l x 5.50" w x 1.00" h
  • Weight: 0.814 lbs