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At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches Hardcover – March 6, 2007
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These issues, exemplified by this sterling collection of essays, range from the political to the moral to the literary (she would probably say the latter encompasses the former two). While her outspokeness frequently won her enemies, and her bluntness can be seen at times as insensitive, she was always looking inward to create a public person that she could admire, a strenuous egotism.
Readers of this volume can find her championing writers she feels have been neglected, criticizing the United States foreign policies and most notoriously, evaluating the attacks of 9/11 in yet further clarifications of her opinions.
The loss of this woman is incalculable; even when one disagrees with her(and at some points I am sure you will) you will never fail to find her challenging you to define your own point of view. Her aphorisms expand in widening concentric circles of thought, broadening your vistas with clarity and compassion.
Not a collection that is likely to eclipse Against Interpretation or Under the Sign of Saturn, but definitely worthwhile for all readers.
Victor Serge's novel, THE CASE OF COMRADE TULAYEV,was published a year after Victor Serge's death. He was a valiant dissident Communist. Sontag believed Victor Serge resembled Simone Weil in his rectitude. For Serge, fiction was truth. The truths of a novel differ from the truths of an historian. Trotsky accused Victor Serge of being more anarchist than Marxist.
Susan Sontag was not in new York City at the time of nine eleven. She was in Berlin. Returning, she read the heartbreaking biographies of the victims appearing in the NEW YORK TIMES. She believed the principal figures in leadership positions were at a linguistic loss. She rejected prevalent models of reaction to the event that we are at war or our civilization is superior. A year after the event the Bush administration decreed that the U.S. was at war, but it was a war without end.
Sontag believed that not calling what took place at Abu Graib torture was as outrageous as not calling what took place in Rwanda between the Tutsis and the Hutus genocide. The photographs represented the fundamental corruption of the occupation.
The essay entitled 'The Conscience of Words' notes that to speak truthfully about literature it is necessary to talk about paradox.Read more ›
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Ssusan Sontag was a revelation for me and I hope to read more about and by her!Published 11 months ago by Marianne de Echeverría
This posthumous collection of essays by one of the most brilliant and active thinkers of our time is a precious reminder of the value of sane and honest voice in this time of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by whj
Susan Sontag has the ability to guide us with her intellect and also touch us with her heart - it's a rare gift - but she talks to us intimately and educatively and her words are... Read morePublished 23 months ago by GoldLeaf
This book is a medoicre collection of late-era Sontag. It is basically a few book reviews and some political comments on 9/11. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Michel Foucault