Collected Stories

Book - 2017
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A collection of one of our most powerful intellectual's short fiction

Debriefing collects all of Susan Sontag's shorter fiction, a form she turned to intermittently throughout her writing life. The book ranges from allegory to parable to autobiography and shows her wrestling with problems not assimilable to 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. This 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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374100759
Branch Call Number: FIC Sonta
Characteristics: viii, 320 pages
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Benjamin 1952-


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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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