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Sontag, Susan (Author); Rieff, David (Contributor); Dilonardo, Paolo & Jump, Anne (Editors). AT THE SAME TIME: ESSAYS & SPEECHES. London, England: Hamish Hamilton, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 235 pages. As New/As New.

Posthumous collection of essays and speeches. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The British Edition is larger-sized than the American and superior in terms of production values. Presents sixteen essays that Susan Sontag wrote between 2001 and 2004, towards the end of a life tragically cut short by cancer. "Literature and politics are inextricably intertwined and unified by moral purpose in this powerful collection of pieces by the iconic critic and novelist. Susan Sontag was a dedicated champion of literature in translation, and the book opens with several introductions to such works, led by a meditation on beauty. But most striking is to read the pieces she wrote in the wake of 9/11 and the Abu Ghraib Scandal. Sontag's controversial attack on the Bush Administration immediately after 9/11 may have been an act of courage or of folly, but from a distance of five years, her critique seems on the mark. Sontag's brilliance as a literary critic, her keen analytical skill, and her genius for the searingly apt phrase (like her damning 'the photographs are us' in relation to the Abu Ghraib photographs) are all fiercely displayed here" (Publishers Weekly). "She never failed to celebrate the work of others or protest injustice and brutality, and in these, she was both artist and hero" (Donna Seaman). A "must-have" edition for Susan Sontag completists. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First British Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 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". One of the most influential and important American writer-intellectuals of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0241143713. $40.00

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