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Benjamin Moser about Susan Sontag

17 October 2020
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Susan Sontag's glamorous appearance is as legendary as her incisive mind. The range of subjects she explored in her impressive literary work extends from post-abstract painting, pornography and existentialism to cancer and war photography. For his monumental biography of this literary icon of the 20th century, Benjamin Moser was able to evaluate numerous private notes and for the first time interviewed life partners such as Annie Leibovitz. His profound, intimate portrait misses the life and spiritual cosmos of these intellectuals, who were probably as much admired as hated and for whom her friend Jamaica Kincaid once found the words: "She was great. I think since I met Susan, I don't want to be great anymore."