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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964 - 1980

Category: Book
Edited By: Rieff, David
By (author): Sontag, Susan
  LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Diaries & Journals
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: April 2012
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*

This, the second of three volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, begins where the first volume left off, in the middle of the 1960s. It traces and documents Sontag's evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world of New York City to world-renowned critic and dominant force in the world of ideas with the publication of the groundbreaking Against Interpretation in 1966.

As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh follows Sontag through the turbulent years of the 1960s -- from her trip to Hanoi at the peak of the Vietnam War to her time making films in Sweden -- up to 1981 and the beginning of the Reagan era. This is an invaluable record of the inner workings of one of the most inquisitive and analytical thinkers of the twentieth century at the height of her power. It is also a remarkable document of one individual's political and moral awakening.

Review Quote*

Praise for Susan Sontag:

"What ultimately matters about Sontag . . . is what she has defended: the life of the mind, and the necessity for reading and writing as 'a way of being fully human.'" -- Hilary Mantel, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Biographical Note

Susan Sontag (1933 -- 2004) was the author of numerous works of non-fiction, including the groundbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation (FSG, 1966), and of four novels, including In America (FSG, 2000), which won the National Book Award.