In 1973, at the age of 22, Timothy O'Grady left America for Europe. He had grown up through the time of moonshots and protest marches, new music and unprecedented economic expansion, and of hopes for a new society, a new democracy, and a new kind of man. For the next 30 years he lived in and wrote about Europe. As he did, the American counterculture crashed, Ronald Reagan came and went, wars were declared, and the country was attacked by air. Much of the world began to look at America in a new way, wondering what had happened to it and where it was going. Among them was Timothy O'Grady, and he decided to go back and investigate. Following in the footsteps of such Europeans as de Tocqueville, Dickens, and Simone de Beauvoir, and such Americans as Henry Miller, Kerouac, Steinbeck, and Woody Guthrie, he went out onto the American road, traveling more than 15,000 miles through 35 states. He met academics, the homeless, war veterans, political activists, New Orleans rappers, billionaires, novelists, and a Ku Klux Klansman. A Yale legal historian told him why there are a million lawyers in America, a Chicago broker how executive pay is set and how the lobbying system works in Washington, and a Salvadorean gang member how life is on the streets of East Los Angeles. In every bar he stopped in, it seemed, there was a story of American life to be heard. Using history, memoir, state-of-the-nation analysis and a novelist's skill at evoking places and people, Divine Magnetic Lands presents a picture of America as it evolved and how it is at the beginning of the 21st century.
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Timothy O'Grady was born in the USA and has lived in Ireland, London, and Spain. His novel Motherland won the David Higham Award and I Could Read the Sky won the Encore award.Review:
"Engrossing and thoughtful—this novel sparkles." —Scottish Sunday Herald on Light
"If the words tell the story of the voiceless, the bleak, lovely photographs that accompany it show their faces . . . Fiction rarely gets as close to the messy, glorious truth as do memories and photographs. This rare novel dares to use both." —Times Literary Supplement on I Could Read the Sky
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Descrizione libro Harvill Secker, London, UK, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This true first edition, first printing (first impression) with the number "1" to the copyright page to indicate a true first print in a New Dust Jacket. SIGNED and DATED by Timothy O'Grady to the title page. [Timothy O'Grady 21 April 2009]. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 000713