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Sontag, Susan (Author) & Hodgkin, Howard (Artist). THE WAY WE LIVE NOW. New York City, NY: The Noonday Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 30 pages. Fine. Signed.

The author's short story on the AIDS crisis during its most crucial period. One of the greatest short stories of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. The British and American regular trade editions were both produced in the United Kingdom, published simultaneously as softcover originals only, and based upon the Artist Book by Susan Sontag and Howard Hodgkin. While the Artist Book has been rare for a very long time (it sold out shortly after publication), both trade editions are also now very scarce. A handsome adaptation/production by Howard Hodgkin: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine and very large flaps, as issued. Text by Susan Sontag. Art by Howard Hodgkin. Printed on thick coated (for the art) and uncoated (for the text) stock paper in London to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents what is widely regarded as the single finest fictional account ever written on the devastating illness. The author's story is interpreted by the greatest living British abstract painter in luminous aquatint reproductions that are beautifully rendered in this edition. Hodgkin spent many years working on them to ensure by his own account that he captured the short story's finely modulated emotional temperature accurately. The result is a series of profoundly moving images that are among Hodgkin's greatest work. Sontag presents the sufferer's illness from the points-of-view of his closest friends, who take turns visiting him, worrying about him, exchanging notes, and making life-saving arrangements. Each friend is named after a letter of the Roman alphabet (from A to Z), which is Sontag's concrete way of saying all of humanity has a stake in the illness and its sufferers' plight. Sontag's story was included in the "Best American Short Stories of the Twentieth Century" by John Updike. Susan Sontag died on December 28, 2004 at the relatively young age of 71, her work unfinished, a one-of-a-kind writer who is a heartbreaking, irreplaceable loss to contemporary life and literature. A "must-have" edition for Susan Sontag completists. This presentation copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Susan Sontag. The recipient is named, and was one of the late author's colleague/friends. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time. This is the only signed copy of the First American Edition we have ever found (there are quite a few signed copies of the British) and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A copy of the Artist Book turns up occasionally, and now commands between $5000 and $6000 online. This is an accessible alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Susan Sontag is Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 for "On Photography", the National Book Award in 2000 for "In America", and the Jerusalem Prize in 2001. Shimon Peres, in awarding the Jerusalem Prize, described Sontag as "one of the world's finest writers and greatest minds". Howard Hodgkin is Winner of the Turner Prize, the most prestigious British artistic award, among numerous other honors. Two of the most influential and important artists of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG AND HOWARD HODGKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374523053. $300.00

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