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As in Reborn (2008), the first volume in the planned Sontag journals and notebooks trilogy, Sontag’s son, David Rieff, begins the second with a strikingly candid introduction. In the full-tilt, questioning, and expressive entries that follow, Sontag suffers epically over love and heartbreak in her relationships with women and her hasty marriage and grapples with haunting memories of her wounding childhood. Angst blooms repeatedly, followed by self-chiding for her emotional turmoil and an oft-repeated refrain, “I must be strong.” Toward her son, adoration flows unstintingly, however self-sustainingly. “One thing I know: if I hadn’t had David, I would have killed myself last year.” A champion list-maker, Sontag keeps track of books, movies, resolutions, even “qualities that turn me on.” Her journals accompany her all over the world as her stature rises. She writes incisively about the many remarkable writers, dancers, and artists she meets, and she is happiest recounting time spent with Joseph Brodsky. A truly moving and illuminating chronicle of the vital inner life of an exceptionally nuanced thinker and risk-taking artist coming into her full powers. --Donna Seaman

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Sontag is an enthusiast but not, properly speaking, a popularizer; she writes for the initiate, not the naif. The seduction of her sentences is their hardness and authority; they could never be accused of a light touch. She wears her learning like chain mail. —Christine Smallwood
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780374100766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374100766
  • ASIN: 0374100764
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steiner VINE VOICE on June 18, 2012
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The second volume of Susan Sontag's collected journals is an extraordinary testament to her brilliance and devotion to the creative life. This volume presents the perhaps the most productive and significant phase of her career as she publishes the major essays that were to appear in Against Interpretation. Here we find a truly voracious artist and intellectual-a thinker struggling with the tumultuous events of her time and struggling to develop a unique voice. Of course, we are entitled to see her lists-lists of authors, of movies, endless lists cataloging the trajectory of her creative life. There are really great and moving passages here-passages of vulnerability and self-doubt. Her personal life emerges as fairly frought and precarious. I was also suprised to see a great paucity of entries detailing her battle with cancer. Her son, David Rieff, has edited this collection. His comments reduce her work to that of a political commentator. I do not fully agree with his judgment that the reflections and entries about her trip to Vietnam are wise and incisive. And her trajectory as a political thinker was actually rather average for her generation. Yet was remains here, I believe, was the life of a real intellectual and artist. A thinker who devoted her undeniable gifts to novels, stories, film, and among the greatest American essays in modern letters.
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By Fernanda S. on September 25, 2012
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It is known that Susan was hungry for words, was an avid consumer of culture and generator of knowledge - here we are able to see a bit more of the woman, now more mature, behind the books, chronicles and essays.

If you are looking for inspiration, give this book a try.
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I am hopelessly addicted to journals and memoirs, and Ms. Sontag. I was startled to discover her legendary ability to critique but her apparent inability to personally write noteworthy prose. A lesson to us all. Find your niche and follow it with the same passion and insight as Ms. Sontag and quit spinning your wheels.
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Excellent condition and a great book dealer.
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Utterly fascinating. I really enjoyed this volume.
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By Bob Ed on January 5, 2015
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