Swimming In A Sea Of Death

A Son's Memoir

David Rieff

Published: 6 April 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781847080752
£7.99

Overview

In spring 2004, Susan Sontag was diagnosed with the incurable blood cancer. She had a huge appetite for experience, and a wild, extravagant desire to live. Rieff writes movingly about being by her side during that last year and at her death, and about his own contradictory emotions: his guilt both for not consoling her enough, and for somehow colluding with her in her belief that she could beat the disease. Drawing on Sontag's journals and letters, which Rieff read after her death, and on the writings about the deaths of other great thinkers, Swimming in a Sea of Death provides a vivid portrait of Sontag in the last year of her life and a haunting meditation on mortality.


About the author

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David Rieff is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of seven previous books, including the acclaimed At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention, A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis and Slaughterhouse Bosnia and the Failure of the West. He lives in New York City More about the author





 
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