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Later essays

Author: Susan Sontag; David Rieff
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2017]
Series: Library of America, 292.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An unprecedented collection of the controversial later writings of the greatest and most provocative critic of our time. Susan Sontag was the most influential critic of her time. This second volume in Library of America's definitive Sontag edition gathers all the collected essays and speeches from her last quarter-century, brilliant works whose subjects, from the AIDS epidemic, 9/11, the Iraq war, and the perverse  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
American essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Sontag; David Rieff
ISBN: 9781598535198 1598535196
OCLC Number: 1002690244
Description: xi, 865 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Under the sign of Saturn (1980). On Paul Goodman ; Approaching Artaud ; Fascinating fascism ; Under the sign of Saturn ; Syberberg's Hitler ; Remembering Barthes ; Mind as passion --
AIDS and its metaphors (1989) --
Where the stress falls (2001). A poet's prose ; Where the stress falls ; Afterlives : the case of Machado de Assis ; A mind in mourning ; The wisdom project ; Writing itself : on Roland Barthes ; Walser's voice ; Danilo Kiš ; Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke ; Pedro Páramo ; DQ ; A letter to Borges ; A century of cinema ; A novel into film : Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz ; A note on Bunraku ; A place for fantasy ; The pleasure of the image ; About Hodgkin ; A lexicon for Available light ; In memory of their feelings ; Dancer and the dance ; Lincoln Kirstein ; Wagner's fluids ; An ecstasy of lament ; One hundred years of Italian photography ; On Bellocq ; Borland's babies ; Certain Mapplethorpes ; A photograph is not an opinion. Or is it? ; Homage to Halliburton ; Singleness ; Writing as reading ; Thirty years later ; Questions of travel ; The idea of Europe (one more elegy) ; The very comical lament of Pyramus and Thisbe (an interlude) ; Answers to a questionnaire ; Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo ; "There" and "here" ; Joseph Brodsky ; On being translated --
Regarding the pain of others (2003) --
At the same time : essays and speeches (2007). Preface by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump ; Foreword by David Rieff ; An argument about beauty ; 1926 ... Pasternak, Tsevtayeva, Rilke ; Loving Dostoyevsky ; A double destiny : on Anna Banti's Artemisia ; Unextinguished : the case for Victor Serge ; Outlandish : on Halldór Laxness's Under the glacier ; 9.11.01 ; A few weeks after ; One year after ; Photography : a little summa ; Regarding the torture of others ; The conscience of words ; The world as India ; On courage and resistance ; Literature is freedom ; At the same time : the novelist and moral reasoning --
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Series Title: Library of America, 292.
Other Titles: Essays.
Susan Sontag, later essays
Responsibility: Susan Sontag ; David Rieff, editor.
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An unprecedented collection of the controversial later writings of the greatest and most provocative critic of our time. Susan Sontag was the most influential critic of her time. This second volume in Library of America's definitive Sontag edition gathers all the collected essays and speeches from her last quarter-century, brilliant works whose subjects, from the AIDS epidemic, 9/11, the Iraq war, and the perverse allure of Fascism to painting, dance, music, film, and scintillating literary portraits of such writers as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Antonin Artaud, Machado de Assis, Jorge Luis Borges, Nadine Gordimer, Joseph Brodsky, W. G. Sebald, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Robert Walser, bear enduring witness to passionate curiosity and expansive intellect. She brings to every subject an unwavering focus and intensity, and a deep commitment to extending our sense of what a human life can be, as she said on accepting the Jerusalem Prize in 2000. An account of her 1993 residence in war-torn Sarajevo to stage a production of Waiting for Godot becomes a meditation on the meaning of culture: Culture, serious culture, is an expression of human dignity-which is what people in Sarajevo feel they have lost. AIDS and Its Metaphors marks a further development of the central ideas of her classic Illness as Metaphor, while Regarding the Pain of Others explores eloquently the troubling moral issues surrounding photographic depictions of violence, cruelty, and atrocity.

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