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The Factory of Facts

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The Factory of Facts

By Luc Sante

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679746508, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 1999

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Description
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 Francoise Hardy. To show how this transformation came about--and why it remained incomplete--The Factory of Factscombines 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 is the author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York and Evidence. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, a book critic for New York magazine, and a senior contributor to Slate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. From the Hardcover edition.


Praise For The Factory of Facts

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

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