By Sontag, Susan; Dilonardo, Paolo; Jump, Anne
Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep interest approximately paintings, politics, and the writer's accountability to endure witness have secured her position as essentially the most vital thinkers and writers of the 20th century. This assortment gathers 16 essays and addresses written within the final years of Sontag's lifestyles, whilst her paintings was once being commemorated at the overseas degree, which consider the in my opinion freeing nature of literature, her inner most dedication, and on political activism and resistance to injustice as a moral accountability. She considers the works of writers, from the little-known Soviet novelist Leonid Tsypkin, who struggled and finally succeeded in publishing his basically publication days earlier than his demise; to the greats, equivalent to Nadine Gordimer, who amplify our capability for ethical judgment. Sontag additionally fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 the US, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.--From writer description. Read more...
summary: Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep interest approximately paintings, politics, and the writer's accountability to endure witness have secured her position as some of the most vital thinkers and writers of the 20 th century. This assortment gathers 16 essays and addresses written within the final years of Sontag's existence, while her paintings used to be being venerated at the overseas degree, which ponder the for my part releasing nature of literature, her private dedication, and on political activism and resistance to injustice as a moral responsibility. She considers the works of writers, from the little-known Soviet novelist Leonid Tsypkin, who struggled and at last succeeded in publishing his purely ebook days earlier than his demise; to the greats, akin to Nadine Gordimer, who magnify our skill for ethical judgment. Sontag additionally fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 the USA, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.--From writer description
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The third piece returns to these same questions one year after the attacks. This is the first time all three essays have appeared together in print. ” The last years of Sontag’s life were ones of ongoing political engagement, as these pieces of journalism show. This was something she wrestled with, but as much as she wanted to find time to work on her book projects, and fiction in particular, world events prompted her to respond, to take action and urge others to do the same. She participated because she couldn’t not participate.
Tsypkin is traveling into Fedya’s and Anna’s souls and bodies, as he travels to Leningrad. There are prodigious, uncanny acts of empathy. Tsypkin will stay in Leningrad for a few days: it is a Dostoyevsky pilgrimage (surely not the first), a solitary one (no doubt as usual), that will end in a visit to the house where Dostoyevsky died. The Dostoyevskys are just beginning their impecunious travels; they will remain in Western Europe for four years. ) Dresden, Baden-Baden, Basel, Frankfurt, Paris—their lot is to be constantly agitated by the confusions and humiliations of cramping financial misery, while having to negotiate with a chorus of presumptuous foreigners (porters, coachmen, landladies, waiters, shopkeepers, pawnbrokers, croupiers), and by gusts of whim and of volatile emotions of many kinds.
The interesting is now mainly a consumerist concept, bent on enlarging its domain: the more things become interesting, the more the marketplace grows. The boring—understood as an absence, an emptiness—implies its antidote: the promiscuous, empty affirmations of the interesting. It is a peculiarly inconclusive way of experiencing reality. In order to enrich this deprived take on our experiences, one would have to acknowledge a full notion of boredom: depression, rage (suppressed despair). Then one could work toward a full notion of the interesting.