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Sontag Her Life and Work

Sontag Her Life and Work

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by Benjamin Moser

 

The definitive portrait of one of the American century's most towering intellectuals. 

 

Mythologised and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Susan Sontag left a legacy of writing— on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and fascism and Freudianism and communism and Americanism-that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. She was there when the Cuban Revolution began and when the Berlin Wall came down. She was in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money-and when many gave in. Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality that animated-and undermined-her writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own.

 

Format: Paperback

 

Please note due to the nature of this copy markings may appear on exterior. 

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