At the Same Time by Susan Sontag, Paolo Dilonardo, Anne Jump & David Rieff
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"A writer is someone who pays attention to the world," Susan Sontag said in her 2003 acceptance speech for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, and 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 passionate, compelling 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."
 

About Susan Sontag, Paolo Dilonardo, Anne Jump & David Rieff

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Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was the author of numerous works of non-fiction, including the groundbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation (FSG, 1966), and of four novels, including In America (FSG, 2000), which won the National Book Award.
 
Published March 6, 2007 by Farrar Straus & Giroux.
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Gertrude Stein once claimed that America was the oldest country in the world, since it was the “mother of the 20th-century civilization.” Sontag, who had a tragic sense of history rarely found among her peers, never failed to absorb the lessons of her country’s old age and accumulated experience ...

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Writing to Hannah Arendt in December 1967, Mary McCarthy reported Susan Sontag’s arrest in an antiwar demonstration, and then abruptly asked: “And what about her?

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At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches Susan Sontag, edited by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump Hamish Hamilton £18.99, pp256 Complex and contradictory, Susan Sontag, who died in 2004, was one of America's greatest public intellectuals.

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Here, though, is how she felt in the last year of her life, 2004, in the first Nadine Gordimer lecture, the final essay in this volume, and the one that gives it its title: "the lesson of the hegemony of the mass media - television, MTV, the internet - is that there is only one culture, that what...

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London Review of Books

as the act of taking pictures is a semblance of appropriation, a semblance of rape.’ The ‘semblance of knowledge’ that Sontag wrote of is especially evident in these pictures of Sontag, no longer her thinking self, but just a body to be looked at.

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ABC Perth

The American intellectual Susan Sontag died two and a half years ago, but with the publication of this collection of essays and speeches, At the Same Time, which is introduced by her son, David Rieff, she is beginning a posthumous career.

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At its erudite best, Susan Sontag's writing leaves a profound sense of intellectual impoverishment, of disappointment at one's own rhetorical abilities, and of relative disengagement from both the world of international arts and letters and the world, itself.

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