Books by Susan Sontag

REGARDING THE PAIN OF OTHERS by Susan Sontag
HISTORY
Released: March 15, 2003

"Moments of brilliance and wonder amid the generally disappointing."
With a glance back at the essays in On Photography (1977), the eminent intellectual, critic, and writer cobbles together a defense of war photography—with a result that's as much maunder as miracle. Read full book review >
IN AMERICA by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2000

Once past its odd, sluggish opening, and not yet as far as its final 'scene," a reader finds much to enjoy in Sontag's highly researched fourth novel (The Volcano Lover, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1992 by Susan Sontag
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

"Intelligence," guest editor Sontag notes in her introduction, "is a literary virtue, not just an energy or aptitude given literary clothing." Read full book review >
THE VOLCANO LOVER by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

The first novel in over 20 years by America's preeminent belletrist is a historical tour de force. Read full book review >

AIDS AND ITS METAPHORS by Susan Sontag
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1988

"And yet Sontag's truth-telling about words blows away myths that darken our attempts to understand the as-yet ungraspable about AIDS."
A necessary, freeing essay about the way we think about AIDS, and a sequel to Sontag's ten-year-old Illness as Metaphor. Read full book review >
A SUSAN SONTAG READER by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 1982

"With only Illness as Metaphor not represented: a solid one-volume introduction to a major writer."
The only Sontag material in this "Reader" which has not previously appeared in book form is an April 1975 interview with Sontag, originally published in the quarterly Salmagundi: in it Sontag responds to feminist criticism by noting "its demands for intellectual simplicity, advanced in the name of ethical solidarity"; she eloquently deals with the would-be labeling of art as "reactionary" or "radical"; and she convincingly defends her writings on pornography, on camp, and totalitarianism. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 1980

"More so than most Sontag—of distinctly limited interest."
One brilliant essay, dense with gravity and shrewdness, on Walter Benjamin: "The melancholic sees the world itself become a thing: refuse, solace, enchantment." Read full book review >
I, ETCETERA by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1978

"Wiry, allusive, and too smart for their own good—read them anyway."
"Look at all this stuff I've got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Diderot, nuoc roam and Big Macs, sunglasses and orgasms." Read full book review >
ILLNESS AS METAPHOR by Susan Sontag
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 16, 1978

"The persuasive simplicity of the argument, and its reach, also call to mind Tom Paine."
Susan Sontag has written a small, liberating book that could become the cancer patient's Common Sense. Read full book review >
ON PHOTOGRAPHY by Susan Sontag
Released: Nov. 11, 1977

"With an anthology of quotations (also shards of reality) from the unlikes of Daguerre, Man Ray, and a 1976 Minolta ad for further agitation."
Susan Sontag has returned photography to the cockpit of discussion it occupied when the exact mechanical image loomed as a threat to the person, to art, to the very relationship between images and reality. Read full book review >
STYLES OF RADICAL WILL by Susan Sontag
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 21, 1969

"Still, a private quarrel goes on between what she is and what she seeks, giving the aura of an embalmed intensity."
It is becoming difficult to sustain any fervent interest in Susan Sontag's career. Read full book review >
DEATH KIT by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1967

"A noble, serious try at a structuralist study of indeterminacy in an American setting, with many shrewd, startling moments, and that's about all."
In Death Kit, Susan Sontag attempts to achieve those qualities of the nouveau-roman she has praised in her criticism; that "search for an infinite precision...narrow dehydrated subject-matter and cool microscopic style." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 1965

"Now and then, she succeeds In any case, controversial "must" reading."
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. Read full book review >