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  • Published: 5 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141905969
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

At the Same Time




'These sixteen pieces brim over with vitality. Every one of them opens up fresh lines of thought' John Gray, New Statesman

The sixteen essays gathered here 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, revealing why she remains one of the twentieth-century’s preeminent writers and thinkers.

  • Published: 5 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141905969
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004.

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Praise for At the Same Time

[A] powerful collection . . . Sontag's brilliance as a literary critic, her keen analytical skill and her genius for the searingly apt phrase are all fiercely displayed here

Publishers Weekly

Intense and insightful . . . some excellent and essential essays

Financial Times

Sontag’s clear thinking . . . shines like a spotlight in dark places

The Times

A formidable mind . . . America’s foremost intellectual . . . [Sontag’s] willingness to shoulder the responsibility and complicity for acts that most Americans are only too eager to condemn is the sign of a spirit open to examining any idea except compromise

Metro

At the time [Sontag] died, she was America’s best-known public intellectual. To my mind, she was also the most exemplary. Intellectually and imaginatively gifted to an extraordinary degree, she used her fearless intelligence to illuminate some of the deepest contradictions of contemporary life

John Gray, New Statesman