Collected Stories

Book - 2017
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A collection of short fiction from the groundbreaking essayist, novelist, and political activist includes allegories and parables as she wrestles with topics that made up her private sorrows and fears.
"Susan Sontag was one of our foremost public intellectuals, a world-renowned essayist, playwright, novelist, activist, and director. Her name is surpassed only by her immense and invaluable body of work. Debriefing collects all of Sontag's shorter fiction, a form she turned to intermittently throughout her writing life. The book's contents range from allegory to parable to autobiography, and show her wrestling with problems not typical of the essay, her more customary mode. Here she catches fragments of life on the fly, dramatizes her private griefs and fears, lets characters take her where they will. The result is a collection of remarkable brilliance, versatility, and charm. Sontag's work has typically required time for people to catch up to it. These challenging Works of literary art--made more urgent by the passage of years-await a new generation of readers. Debriefing is an invaluable record of the creative output of one of the most inquisitive and analytical thinkers of the twentieth century at the height of her power."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374100759
Characteristics: viii, 320 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Benjamin 1952-- Editor


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Apr 02, 2018

Strictly speaking, most of these are barely classifiable as stories.
e.g. Pilgrimage is a recollection of having, as a teenager met Thomas Mann; The Letter Scene is a contemplation of the Pushkin story; Unguided Tour is a sort of conversation, as is Baby, I suppose. A couple of others are fantasies and the rest can best be described as musings. What Sontag displays is a rather bizarre take on late-20th-century life and a general disregard for conventional form. Personally, I found that most of her disjointed ramblings failed to hold my attention. Whatever else she accomplished as a writer, this genre was not her strong point.


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