At the Same Time: Book summary and reviews of At the Same Time by Susan Sontag

At the Same Time

Essays and Speeches

by Susan Sontag

At the Same Time by Susan Sontag
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2007
    256 pages
    Genre: Short Stories & Essays

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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.

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Starred Review. Sontag's brilliance as a literary critic, her keen analytical skill and her genius for the searingly apt phrase...are all fiercely displayed here." - PW.
"The world lost a brilliant, passionate, and ethical thinker and writer when Susan Sontag died in December 2004." - Booklist.

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Susan Sontag died in 2004 of cancer, aged 71. She is buried in Montparnasse cemetery, in Paris, France.

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