Sempre Susan : A Memoir of Susan Sontag

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-03-17
  • Publisher: C Z PUBL
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Sigrid Nunez was a young writer new to the New York literary world when she met Susan Sontag, already a legendary figure known for her polemical essays, her blindingly bright intelligence, and her edgy personal style. A magnetic presence, intimidating and blunt, Sontag established herself as the main interpreter of the avant-garde with Against Interpretation '”the book, claims Nunez, that made her want to become a writer. Through her relationship with Sontag's son, the writer David Rieff, Nunez acquired an intimate sense of her subject. Her memoir, at once piercing and deeply empathic, gives a sharp sense of the charged, polarizing atmosphere that enveloped Sontag whenever she published a book, gave a lecture, or simply walked into a room. Published six years after the author's death, Sempre Susan is a startlingly truthful portrait of this outsized personality, who, through sheer force of will, made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation.

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