At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - Literary Collections - 235 pages
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"A writer is someone who pays attention to the world," Susan Sontag said in her 2003 acceptance speech for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, and no one exemplified this definition more than she. Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep curiosity about art, politics, and the writer's responsibility to bear witness have secured her place as one of the most important thinkers and writers of the twentieth century. At the Same Time gathers sixteen essays and addresses written in the last years of Sontag's life, when her work was being honored on the international stage, that reflect on the personally liberating nature of literature, her deepest commitment, and on political activism and resistance to injustice as an ethical duty. She considers the works of writers from the little-known Soviet novelist Leonid Tsypkin, who struggled and eventually succeeded in publishing his only book days before his death; to the greats, such as Nadine Gordimer, who enlarge our capacity for moral judgment. Sontag also fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 America, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.

At the Same Time, which includes a foreword by her son, David Rieff, is a passionate, compelling work from an American writer at the height of her powers, who always saw literature "as a passport to enter a larger life, the zone of freedom."

 

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As a writer, late American literary luminary Sontag (Regarding the Pain of Others ) managed to cross genres with ease and grace. She received prizes and acclaim for her fiction-In America won her the ... Read full review

Contents

An Argument About Beauty
3
1926 Pasternak Tsvetayeva Rilke
14
Loving Dostoyevsky
21
A Double Destiny On Anna Bantis Artemisia
37
Unextinguished The Case for Victor Serge
57
Outlandish On Halldór Laxnesss Under the Glacier
89
9110 1
105
A Few Weeks After
108
Photography A Little Summa
124
Regarding the Torture of Others
128
The Conscience of Words
145
The World as India
156
On Courage and Resistance
180
Literature Is Freedom
192
At the Same Time The Novelist and Moral Reasoning
210
Acknowledgments
233

One Year After
118

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Susan Sontag was the author of four novels, including In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; a collection of stories; several plays; and seven works of nonfiction. She died in New York City on December 28, 2004.

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