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Democracy (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Moving deftly between romance, farce, and tragedy, from Honolulu 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, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, 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. 

About the Author


Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

Praise For…


"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679754855
ISBN-10: 0679754857
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 25th, 1995
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Vintage International