Sontag, Susan (Author) & Editors of The New Yorker Magazine. SUSAN SONTAG "THE VERY COMICAL LAMENT OF PYRAMUS AND THISBE" ISSUE: THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE. New York City, NY: The New Yorker Magazine, 1991. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 100 pages. As New.

Rare Susan Sontag and New Yorker Magazine collectible item. Landmark New Yorker Magazine Issue. March 4, 1991 Issue. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Contributions by some of the world's finest writers, journalists, poets, humorists, and graphic/cartoon artists. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Unlike most books being published today, American magazines are still being printed in America; many of them are not only superior in quality, they will last in terms of production values. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the first and only short play by Susan Sontag, "The Very Comical Lament of Pyramus And Thisbe", an allegorical dialogue between the eponymous Shakespearean characters from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", whom Sontag has appropriated to personify the former West and East Germany. The Berlin Wall is the subject of their melancholy and meditative dialogue on The Old versus The New as well as the Cold War and the Fall of Communism in 1989. Beautifully, allusively, and wittily written in the Beckett-ian mode, the piece not only appears in published form for the very first time, it has thus far not been published in any other form despite several opportunities to do so, including Sontag's posthumously published books. An activist all her writing life, Sontag considered herself a committed member of the American Radical Left early in her career. Her book-length essay, "Trip to Hanoi", is referred to by the great Leftist filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci in his film, "The Dreamers", as one of the key texts which influenced European students, thinkers, and activists during the tumultuous 1960's. She eventually became disillusioned with the Left, famously calling Communism "fascism with a human face", and adopted a more pragmatic, more open-minded, and (still-controversial) anti-ideological political stance towards the end of her life. In America, her position was necessarily a precarious and vulnerable one because the national dialogue is dominated by the ideological Left and Right. Her embrace of German culture as a Jewish-American writer did not prevent her from being recognized by Israel with the Jerusalem Prize. She was honored in 2003, the year before her death, with the "Friedenspreis", the German Prize. Along with The Nobel, The Goethe, The Prince of Asturias, and The Erasmus Prizes (Sontag also received the last two awards), the Jerusalem and "Friedenspreis" are the world's most prestigious literary awards, much more so than either the Pulitzer or Booker. Her only short play, "The Very Comical Lament of Pyramus and Thisbe", is unique in her oeuvre. A "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This Issue is no longer available from the publisher, bookstores or online and is now highly collectible. This is the only copy available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. It is the most beautiful copy of a very elusive issue we have ever seen. A rare copy thus. Some of the world's finest living writers and artists. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NEW YORKER MAGAZINE ISSUES AND SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $100.00

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