A riveting novel of labor strife and apocalyptic violence that maps the frontier where the masses become a mob
At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, In Dubious Battle is set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.
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"Dramatically intense, beautifully written. It is the real thing; it has a vigor of sheer storytelling that may sweep away many prejudices." - The New Republic
John Ernst Steinbeck, amerikanischer Erzähler deutsch-irischer Abstammung, geboren am 27. Februar 1902 in Salinas, wuchs in Kalifornien auf. 1918-24 Studium der Naturwissenschaften an der Stanford University, Gelegenheitsarbeiter, danach freier Schriftsteller in Los Gatos bei Monterey. Im Zweiten Weltkrieg Kriegsberichterstatter, 1962 Nobelpreis für Literatur, gestorben am 20. Dezember 1968 in New York.