America, America

America, America

by Elia Kazan
     
 

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Elia Kazan, ethnic Greek but Turkish by birth, tells the story of the struggles of his uncle, Stavros Topouzoglou, in emigrating to America. In the 1890's, the young, kind-hearted but naive Stavros lives in Anatolia, where the Greek and Armenian minorities are repressed by the Turks, often through violent means. Even Stavros being friends with an Armenian was frowned

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Elia Kazan, ethnic Greek but Turkish by birth, tells the story of the struggles of his uncle, Stavros Topouzoglou, in emigrating to America. In the 1890's, the young, kind-hearted but naive Stavros lives in Anatolia, where the Greek and Armenian minorities are repressed by the Turks, often through violent means. Even Stavros being friends with an Armenian was frowned upon. As such, Stavros dreamed of a better life - specifically in America - where, as a result, he could make his parents proud by his grand accomplishments. Instead, his parents, with most of their money, send Stavros to Constantinople to help fund the carpet shop owned by his first cousin once removed. What Stavros encounters on his journey, made on foot with a small donkey, makes him question life in Anatolia even further. Once in Constantinople, his resolve to earn the 110 Turkish pound third class fare to the United States becomes stronger than ever. Only an earlier good deed may have help him ultimately achieve his goal of reaching the United States and a better life.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - The New York Times Book Review
"An astonishing, moving narrative... beautiful."
Original dust jacket of book - Budd Schulberg
"What Kazan has done many times before in moving pictures, he has now accomplished with moving words."
New York Times - The New York Times
"Elia Kazan knows how to pack emotion into a story... flicking scenes with the in-and-out thrust of drama."
Original dust jacket of book - James Baldwin
"America, America is Elia Kazan's brilliant first novel that became a masterful motion picture. Both the novel and the film are the creations of the unique genius who created A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON THE WATERFRONT, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE ARRANGEMENT, and now the magnificent new bestseller, THE ASSASSINS. Marvelous."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016254999
Publisher:
Renaissance Literary & Talent
Publication date:
02/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
294 KB

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Meet the Author

Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and also films written for the screen. He was a proponent of the "method approach" to acting, developed by Konstantin Stanislavski. Kazan received two Academy Awards for Best Director -- for the films Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and On the Waterfront (1954). Kazan also wrote the scripts for films about Greek immigrants to the United States, such as America, America (1963). These films were based on his novels. Kazan's autobiography, published in 1988, is "Elie Kazan: A Life".

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