Trance

Trance

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Baker & Taylor
Follows a mismatched gang of middle-class militants--including a newspaper heiress kidnapped by the gang who chooses to remain with her former captors--on an underground tour of America following the deaths of the other members of the SLA in a violent confrontation with police in Los Angeles.

McMillan Palgrave
1974: A tiny band of self-styled urban guerrillas, calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army, abducts a newspaper heiress, who then abruptly announces that she has adopted the guerrilla name "Tania" and chosen to remain with her former captors. Has she been brainwashed? Coerced? Could she be sincere? Why would such a nice girl disavow her loving parents, her adoring fiancé, her comfortable home? Why would she suddenly adopt the SLA's cri de coeur, "Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys Upon the Life of the People"? Soon most of the SLA are dead, killed in a suicidal confrontation with police in Los Angeles, forcing Tania and her two remaining comrades--the pompous and abusive General Teko and his duplicitous lieutenant, Yolanda--into hiding, where they will remain for the next sixteen months.

Trance, Christopher Sorrentino's mesmerizing and brilliant second novel, traces this fugitive period, leading the reader on a breathtaking, hilarious, and heartbreaking underground tour across a beleaguered America, in the company of scam artists, visionaries, cultists, and a mismatched gang of middle-class people who typify the guiding conceit of their time, that of self-renovation. Along the way he tells the story of a nation divided against itself--parents and children, men and women, black and white; a story of hidebound tradition and radical change, of truth and propaganda, of cynicism and idealism; a story as transfixing and relevant today as it was then.

Insightful, compassionate, scathingly funny, and moving, Trance is a virtuoso performance, placing Christopher Sorrentino in the first rank of American novelists.


Blackwell North Amer
In 1974, as the Vietnam War grinds to a close and the Nixon administration prepares to self-destruct, a tiny band of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army abducts a newspaper heiress - who then stuns the world by taking the guerrilla name "Tania" and announcing that she has chosen to remain with her captors. Has she been brainwashed? Why else would she adopt the SLA's cri de guerre, "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the People"? Why else would such a nice girl disavow her loving parents, her adoring fiance, her comfortable home? Soon most of the SLA are dead, killed in a suicidal confrontation with police in Los Angeles. Tania and her two remaining comrades go underground, where they will remain for sixteen months.
These are the months of Tania's sentimental education. In tracing this fugitive period, Trance leaps from the pages of history into satire and myth. Christopher Sorrentino's novel takes the reader across a beleaguered and divided America in the company of scam artists, visionaries, reporters, cops, cultists, and a gang of middle-class militants who typify the guiding conceit of their time, that of self-renovation.

Baker
& Taylor

Follows a mismatched gang of middle-class militants--including a newspaper heiress kidnapped by the gang who chooses to remain with her former captors--on an underground tour of America following the deaths of the other members of the SLA in a violent confrontation with police in Los Angeles. By the author of Sound on Sound. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374278649
0374278644
0374278544
Characteristics: 516 p. ; 24 cm

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