Against Interpretation And Other Essays

Susan Sontag

Picador

0312280866

9780312280864

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336 Pages

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First published in 1966, this celebrated book—Sontag's first collection of essays—quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on 'Camp,'" Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by the author.

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Praise for Against Interpretation

"Susan Sontag's essays are great interpretations, and even fulfillments, of what is really going on."—Carlos Fuentes

"A dazzling intellectual performance."Vogue

"Susan Sontag is a writer of rare energy and provocative newness."—The Nation

"The theoretical portions of her book are delightful to read because she can argue so well. . . . Her ideas are consistently stimulating."—Commentary

"She has come to symbolize the writer and thinker in many variations: as analyst, rhapsodist, and roving eye, as public scold and portable conscience."—Time
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BOOK EXCERPTS

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Susan Sontag wrote four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; a collection of stories, I, etcetera; several plays, including Alice in Bed; and eight books of essays, among them On Photography, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001, she won the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work. She died in New York City in 2004.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Susan Sontag

  • Susan Sontag was the author of numerous works of non-fiction, including the groundbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation, and of four novels, including In America, which won the National Book Award.   

  • Susan Sontag Mikhail Lemkhin
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