At the same time : essays and speeches by Sontag, Susan; Dilonardo, Paolo; Jump, Anne

By Sontag, Susan; Dilonardo, Paolo; Jump, Anne

Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep interest approximately artwork, politics, and the writer's accountability to endure witness have secured her position as essentially 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 lifestyles, while her paintings was once being commemorated at the foreign degree, which ponder the Read more...

summary: Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep interest approximately artwork, politics, and the writer's accountability to undergo 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 lifestyles, whilst her paintings used to be being commemorated at the foreign level, which contemplate the in my opinion releasing nature of literature, her inner most 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 finally succeeded in publishing his in basic terms ebook days earlier than his dying; to the greats, resembling Nadine Gordimer, who magnify our potential for ethical judgment. Sontag additionally fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 the United States, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.--From writer description

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And not wrongly; the themes of the essays and speeches in this book do, I think, fairly represent many, though not by any means all, of the questions—political, literary, intellectual, and moral—that my mother cared most about. She was interested in everything. Indeed, if I had only one word with which to evoke her, it would be avidity. She wanted to experience everything, taste everything, go everywhere, do everything. Even travel, she once wrote, she conceived of as accumulation. And her apartment, which was a kind of reification of the contents of her head, was filled almost to bursting with an amazingly disparate collection of objects, prints, photographs, and, of course, books, endless books.

The originality of Tsypkin’s novel lies in the way it moves, from the displacements of the never-to-be-named narrator, embarked on his journey through the bleak contemporary Soviet landscape, to the life of the peripatetic Dostoyevskys. In the cultural ruin that is the present, the feverish past shines through. 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.

Never has a brief for the powers of lyric poetry been made so brilliantly, so rapturously, as in these letters. Poetry cannot be abandoned or renounced, once you are “the lyre’s thrall,” Tsvetayeva instructs Pasternak in a letter of July 1925. ” Or until death intervenes. Tsvetayeva and Pasternak haven’t suspected that Rilke was seriously ill. Learning that he has died, the two poets are incredulous: it seems, cosmically speaking, unjust. And fifteen years later Pasternak would be surprised and remorseful when he received the news of Tsvetayeva’s suicide in August 1941.

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