Where the Stress Falls by Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag has said that her earliest idea of what a writer should be was "someone who is interested in everything." Thirty-five years after her first collection of essays, the now classic Against Interpretation, our most important essayist has chosen more than forty longer and shorter pieces from the last two decades that illustrate a deeply felt, kaleidoscopic array of interests, passions, observations, and ideas.

"Reading" offers ardent, freewheeling considerations of talismanic writers from her own private canon, such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Randall Jarrell, Roland Barthes, Machado de Assis, W. G. Sebald, Borges, and Elizabeth Hardwick. "Seeing" is a series of luminous and incisive encounters with film, dance, photography, painting, opera, and theatre. And in the final section, "There and Here," Sontag explores some of her own commitments: to the work (and activism) of conscience, to the concreteness of historical understanding, and to the vocation of the writer.

Where the Stress Falls records a great American writer's urgent engagement with some of the most significant aesthetic and moral issues of the late twentieth century, and provides a brilliant and clear-eyed appraisal of what is at stake, in this new century, in the survival of that inheritance.
 

About Susan Sontag

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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 November 9, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 372 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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One of the few Americans to manage superbly the dual roles of public intellectual and novelist, Sontag, whose novel In America won a National Book Award in 2000,

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The New York Times

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ANEW collection of essays by Susan Sontag is a major cultural event.

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Where the Stress Falls Susan Sontag Jonathan Cape £17.99, pp351 Works on Paper Michael Holroyd Little, Brown £20, pp320 Should distinguished literary figures preserve their occasional journalism in book form and, if so, how?

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Where the Stress Falls by Susan Sontag (Vintage, £7.99) A new selection of Susan Sontag essays - the first for 35 years - would have to be the favoured paperback of the week, even if it contained nothing more substantial than her shopping lists.

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Where the Stress Falls by Susan Sontag Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Published in 2001, Where the Stress Falls has been reissued a...

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One of the few Americans to manage superbly the dual roles of public intellectual and novelist, Sontag, whose novel In America won a National Book Award in 2000, reaches a big audience even as she divides critics.

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Book Reporter

WHERE THE STRESS FALLS, a new collection of essays written between 1982 and 2000 by Susan Sontag, explores literature, visual arts, and cultural expressions.

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