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Sontag, Susan (Subject) & Rieff, David (Author). SWIMMING IN A SEA OF DEATH: A SON'S MEMOIR. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 180 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut memoir. David Rieff's most accessible and moving book. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents David Rieff's "Swimming In A Sea of Death". "A courageous and darkly beautiful book". "Susan Sontag was fiercely, exuberantly alive, and uncompromising in her life no less than her work. At once a report from the frontlines of experimental oncology and a moving, absorbing personal account of his mother's last illness" (Oliver Sacks). Rieff's notion of a memoir is not the nakedly American "confessional" version, but the more clinically detached continental/French one. His book is a reflection on dying and death, and even more than these, on the denial, decay, and decline that accompany the process. Sontag feared all three and of course, death itself, about which she nourished fantasies that her rational self would typically have exposed and criticized. Here is the greatest American intellectual of her generation, depicted by her hapless son as being in total denial about her illness and imminent death, in extreme physical (and just as important, mental) pain, and in irreversible decline emotionally. An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Sontag and David Rieff collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by David Rieff. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVID RIEFF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743299469. $70.00

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