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The Book of Daniel

E. L. Doctorow

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The classic novel of an America inflamed by Cold War hysteria.

FBI agents pay a surprise visit to a Communist man and his wife in their New York apartment, and after a trial that divides the country, the couple are sent to the electric chair for treason.

Decades later, in 1967, their son Daniel struggles to understand the tragedy of their lives. But while he is tormented by his past and trying to appreciate his own wife and son, Daniel is also haunted, like millions of others, by the need to come to terms with a country destroying itself in the Vietnam War.

A stunning fictionalization of a political drama that tore the United States apart, THE BOOK OF DANIEL is an intensely moving tale of political martyrdom and the search for meaning.

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Praise for The Book of Daniel

  • A ferocious feat of the imagination . . . Every scene is perfectly realized and feeds into the whole - the themes and symbols echoing and reverberating - Newsweek

  • A nearly perfect work of art, and art on this level can only be a cause for rejoicing

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E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow's novels include Andrew's Brain, Homer and Langley, The March, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, Lives of the Poets, World's Fair, Billy Bathgate and The Waterworks. Among his honours are the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. He died in July 2015.

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