The sixteen essays gathered here represent the last pieces written by Susan Sontag in the years before her death in 2004. Reflecting on literature, photography and art, post-9/11 America and political activism, these essays encompass the themes that dominated Sontag's life and work, revealing why she remains one of the twentieth century's pre-eminent writers and thinkers.
'One of America's greatest public intellectuals.' Observer
'Excellent and essential.' Financial Times
'reads like a greatest-hits album - a little politics, something on photography, some lit. crit - of Sontag's passions.' Daily Telegraph
'Crosses the spectrum of her preoccupations, from ethical and aesthetic reasoning through literary analysis to political comment.' Sunday Herald
'Sontag's clear thinking . . . shines like a spotlight in dark places.' The Times
Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004. Penguin will publish Sontag on Film in October 2016.