Susan Sontag is most often remembered as a brilliant essayist - inquisitive, analytical, fearlessly outspoken. Yet all throughout her life, she also wrote short stories: fictions which wrestled with those ideas and preoccupations she couldn't address in essay form. These short fictions are allegories, parables, autobiographical vignettes, each capturing an authentic fragment of life, dramatizing Sontag's private griefs and fears.
Stories collects all of Sontag's short fiction for the first time. This astonishingly versatile collection showcases its peerless writer at the height of her powers. For any Sontag fan, it is an unmissable testament to her creative achievements.
This is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag develops further the concept of "transparency". The essays make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.
In 1876, a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travels to California to found a "utopian" commune. The commune fails, and most of the group go home, but Maryna stays and triumphs on the American stage.
Contains sixteen essays that represent the last pieces written by Susan Sontag in the years before her death in 2004. Reflecting on literature, photography and art, post-9/11 America and political activism, these essays encompass the themes that dominated Sontag's life and work.
Based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his celebrated wife, Emma, and Lord Nelson, this novel is about sex and revolution, the fate of nature, art and the collector's obsession, and love. The author also wrote "The Benefactor", "Death Kit", "AIDS and its Metaphors" and "The Way We Live Now".
A selection from Susan Sontag's early writings about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay, "On Style" and "Notes on Camp", the book includes discussions of such figures as Sartre, Simone Weil, Georg Kovacs, Levi-Strauss, Artaud, Genet, Brecht, Beckett, Bresson and Godard.
This collection of over 40 essays, written between 1980 and 2000, illustrates the array of Susan Sontag's interests, passions, observations and ideas. It also records her engagement with some of the most significant aesthetic and moral issues of the late 20th century.