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.
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.