The Disunited States
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  • Paperback
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  • August 26, 2014
  • 9781609805319

The Disunited States

Vladimir Pozner

Translated from the French by Alison Strayer

The rediscovery, 75 years later, of a classic travelogue across the United States during the height of the Great Depression by one of France's great voices of conscience.

Vladimir Pozner—influential French novelist, screenwriter, pioneer in literary genre, and Oscar nominee—came to the United States in the 1930's. He found the nation and its people in a state of profound material and spiritual crisis, and took it upon himself to chronicle the life of the worker, the striker, the politician, the starlet, the gangster, the everyman; to document the bitter, violent racism tearing its society asunder, the overwhelming despair permeating everyday life, and the unyielding human struggle against it all. In the spirit of Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Pozner writes about America and Americans with the searing criticism and deep compassion of an outsider who loved the country and its people far too much to render anything less than a brutally honest portrayal. Recalling Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, he shatters the rules of reportage to create a complete portrait of America, enduring and profound.

"The seeds of a thousand novels lie in these pages, but Pozner does not linger, and you have just enough time to shake your head before he is on to the next arresting or heartbreaking or maddening scrap of information."—Words Without Borders

"...[a] brimming book of reportage, a cross between Studs Terkel and the New Journalism written years before either came around."—NewYorker.com

About Vladimir Pozner

VLADIMIR POZNER (1905–1992) was a French writer whose prestigious career as a novelist took off in the 1930s with Tolstoï est mort (Tolstoy is Dead) and Le mors aux dents (published in English by Random House in 1938 with the title Bloody Baron: The Story of Ungern-Sternberg). A militant antifascist who took refuge in the United States during the war, Pozner was also a Hollywood screenwriter, where he got to know Bertolt Brecht and Charlie Chaplin and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Story for The Dark Mirror, a film noir crime drama. Backpacker, raconteur, and pioneer of literary styles, Pozner dedicated his life to giving a testimony of his times. 

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