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Regarding the Pain of Others [Susan Sontag]

Regarding the Pain of Others [Susan Sontag]

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[Lit. Criticism] [Suffering] [Pain]

Regarding the Pain of Others

Susan Sontag

Farrar, Straus, and Giraux, New York, 2003. First Edition.

Minor rubbing to the rear dust jacket, otherwise pristine. Very good.

Sontag’s last published work before her death in 2004, this book length essay is a sober reassessment of her ideas towards photography and the documentation of atrocity, questioning the documentarian’s ability to impact the world through the display of images capturing the horrors of war. Lucid and beautifully rendered, the work of a master of criticism at their peak.

“To designate a hell is not, of course, to tell us of anything about how to extract people from that hell, how to moderate hell’s flames.”

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