under the sign of saturn by susan sontag
under the sign of saturn by susan sontag
under the sign of saturn by susan sontag
under the sign of saturn by susan sontag
under the sign of saturn by susan sontag
under the sign of saturn by susan sontag

Under the Sign of Saturn by Susan Sontag

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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1980. First Printing. Stated. Hardcover. 203 pages ; 22 cm. $10.95 dust jacket with edges wear and a few minor tears at the head and tail of jacket spine. Price sticker residue on front free endpaper. Light foxing to top pages edge. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


Susan Sontag
Under the Sign of Saturn

Susan Sontag's essays have, in one form or another, been commentaries on the relation between moral and aesthetic ideas —that great question of modern culture, that hardest of hard cases. But, as Sontag has said, she is interested only in hard cases. And they abound in this new collection of essays, the first since Styles of Radical Will in 1969, which brings together her most important critical writing of the last decade.

Sontag has always been mistrustful of the reigning beliefs, whether they be aesthetic or political. "The most interesting ideas," she writes in "Women, the Arts, and the Politics of Culture," "are heresies." In a period in which the avant-garde taste which she championed in the 1960*s has become dominant, Sontag takes a critical, tough-minded look at our culture that may surprise some people. Writing on Antonin Artaud, she confronts the case of a great modernist whose work, by virtue of having become "a classic," has been neutralized. In her famous essay on Leni Riefenstahl, Sontag brilliantly examines fascist aesthetics. The subject is taken up again in Sontag's discussion of Hans-Jurgen Syberberg's film Hitler, and of the work of Elias Canetti. The famous exchange on fascism and feminism is also included here.

Susan Sontag is the most important and interesting critic of our times. It is particularly fitting that the title essay of this collection, "Under the Sign of Saturn," should be a discussion of Walter Benjamin, the most important critic of the pre-war period and the writer to whom Sontag can be most relevantly compared. Whether Sontag is treating the arts, politics, film, or feminism, she is always essential reading.

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