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At the Same Time

Essays and Speeches

Susan Sontag; Edited by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump; Foreword by David Rieff

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When she accepted the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2003, Susan Sontag said, "a writer is someone who pays attention to the world."  No one exemplified this definition more than she. Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep curiosity about art, politics, and the writer's responsibility to bear witness have secured her place as one of the most important thinkers and writers of the twentieth century. At the Same Time gathers sixteen essays and addresses written in the last years of Sontag's life, when her work was being honored on the international stage, that reflect on the personally liberating nature of literature, her deepest commitment, and on political activism and resistance to injustice as an ethical duty. She considers the works of writers from the little-known Soviet novelist Leonid Tsypkin, who struggled and eventually succeeded in publishing his only book days before his death; to the greats, such as Nadine Gordimer, who enlarge our capacity for moral judgment. Sontag also fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 America, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.
 
At the Same Time, which includes a foreword by her son, David Rieff, is a work from an American writer at the height of her powers, who always saw literature "as a passport to enter a larger life, the zone of freedom."

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"What ultimately matters about Sontag . . . is what she has defended: the life of the mind, and the necessity for reading and writing as 'a way of being fully human.'"--Hilary Mantel, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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  • Susan Sontag; Edited by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump; Foreword by David Rieff

  • Susan Sontag immediately became a major figure of our culture with the publication in 1966 of the pathbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation. She went on to write four novels, including In America (2000), which won the National Book Award for Fiction, as well as a collection of stories, several plays, and seven subsequent works of nonfiction, among them On Photography (1977), Illness as Metaphor (1978), and Regarding the Pain of Others (2003). Her many international honors included the Jerusalem Prize (2001) and the Friedenspreis (Peace Prize) of the German Book Trade (2003). She died in New York City on December 28, 2004.

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Essays and Speeches

Susan Sontag; Edited by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump; Foreword by David Rieff

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