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Sontag, Susan (Subject/Author) & The Editors of Barnes & Noble Bookstores. SUSAN SONTAG: BARNES & NOBLE PRINT ADVERTISEMENT. New York City, NY: Barnes & Noble Bookstores, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine.

Rare Susan Sontag collectible item. A pristine copy of the Barnes & Noble Bookstores advertisement to promote its newly launched website. Features the author as a literary celebrity/personality who is also an authoritative guide to modern literature. The advertisement is in black-and-white, measures 8 X 10 inches, and is encased in its own protective plastic sleeve. Susan Sontag presents a list of "20th Century Books Discovered By Translation". The ten books in the list were largely unknown at the time of the advertisement's publication, reinforcing Sontag's reputation as "au courant" cultural ambassador and influential champion of great, foreign-language literatures to English-language readers, an exemplar not just of openness and diversity but of the modern ideal itself, cosmopolitanism. It is somewhat touching that Barnes & Noble really believed in 1999 that the Internet will make people more cosmopolitan (or at the very least, less provincial) than they were before. The reality is that the Internet mirrors not a global village but radical fragmentation. As such, it has had the exact opposite effect of making people more defensively "nationalistic" than ever. While the advertisement is now a literary curiosity, Sontag's List has been vindicated by the passage of time and remains definitive. A "must-have" item for Susan Sontag completists. This is a copy of the actual advertisement, not a later photographic re-issue or digital copy, is now rare, and highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare 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 fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $50.00

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