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- DescriptionWith the publication of her first book of criticism, Against Interpretation, in 1966, Susan Sontag placed herself at the forefront of an era of cultural and political transformation. What is important w, she wrote, is to recover our senses . . . . In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art. She would remain a catalyzing presence, whether writing about camp sensibility, the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, her experiences as a traveler to Hai at the height of the Vietnam War, the aesthetics of science-fiction and porgraphy, or a range of modern thinkers from Simone Weil to E. M. Cioran. She opened dazzling new perspectives on any subject she addressed, whether the nature of photography or cultural attitudes toward illness. This volume, edited by Sontag s son David Rieff, presents the full texts of four essential books: Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will (1969), On Photography (1977), and Illness as Metaphor (1978). Also here as a special feature are six previously uncollected essays including studies of William S. Burroughs and the painter Francis Bacon and a series of reflections on beauty, aging, and the emerging feminist movement.
- Author BiographyDavid Rieff is the author of Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son s Memoir and the editor of the journals and notebook of Susan Sontag, of which two volumes have appeared to date. His many other books include At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention and A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. He lives in New York.
- Author(s)Susan Sontag
- PublisherThe Library of America
- Date of Publication16/10/2014
- Series TitleLibrary of America
- Series Part/Volume Number246
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Library of America
- Weight567 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Edited byDavid Rieff
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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