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Under the Sign of Saturn: Essays


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This third essay collection by America's leading essayist brings together her most important critical writing from 1972 to 1980, in which she explores some of the most influential artists and thinkers of our time.

About the Author

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, including In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; a collection of stories; several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them Against Interpretation and On Photography. Her latest book is Regarding the Pain of Others (FSG, 2002). Her books have been translated into 28 languages. In 2001, she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

Table of Contents

On Paul Goodman

Approaching Artaud

Fascinating Fascism

Under the Sign of Saturn

Syberberg's Hitler

Remembering Barthes

Mind as Passion

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Andrew Daily, August 5, 2008 (view all comments by Andrew Daily)
Of Sontag's work, her collection "Against Interpretation" and the long essay "On Photography" are the most popular. For my money, however, "Under the Sign of Saturn" contains her most brilliant work.

From the opening essay - ostensibly about Paul Goodman - in which she extols the virtues of solitude and hard thinking, through a penetrating essay on the fetishism of fascism, on to a superb encomium to Roland Barthes, every essay sparkles with Sontag's characteristic wit and insight.

This volume also contains one of the single best essays (alongside Hannah Arendt's introduction to "Illumination") on the much-celebrated Walter Benjamin.

And, as is the case with all her work, Sontag unfolds difficult ideas in clear and direct prose.
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Sontag, Susan
New York
History, modern
20th century
Arts, Modern
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Arts, Modern -- 20th century.
Art - General
Art-Theory and Criticism
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1st Picador USA ed.
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Picador USA
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Bd. 4
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8.29 x 5.51 x 0.535 in

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