The Factory of Facts (Paperback)

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The acclaimed author of Low Life reinvents the memoir in a cunning, lyrical book that is at once a personal history and a meditation on the construction of identity.

Born in Belgium but raised in New Jersey, Luc Sante transformed himself from a pious, timid Belgian boy into a loutish American adolescent, who eschewed French while fantasizing about the pop star Françoise Hardy. To show how this transformation came about--and why it remained incomplete--The Factory of Facts  combines family anecdote and ancestral legend; detailed forays into Belgian history, language, and religion; and deft synopses of the American character.

About the Author

Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium, and now lives in New York City. He is the author of "Evidence", "The Factory of Facts", and "Walker Evans", and his work has appeared in "The New York Review of Books", "The New Republic", and "Harper's", among other publications. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

Praise For…

Sante has a historian's fiendish taste for information. . . a journalist's wit, resourcefulness and love of idiosyncracy."               --The New York Times Book Review

"Remarkable. . . . Sante makes a reader want to know him."  --The Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679746508
ISBN-10: 0679746501
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 12th, 1999
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures