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Against Interpretation

Against Interpretation

And Other Essays

Susan Sontag

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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 Sontag.

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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

About the author

Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; I, etcetera, a collection of stories; several plays; and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award for criticism, and Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

Susan Sontag

Mikhail Lemkhin

Sontag's obituary in The New Yorker

Sontag at the New York Review of Books

Sontag's obituary in The New York Times

An interview with Sontag in The Atlantic

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