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A Barthes Reader

By Roland Barthes

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This selection presents a chronological trajectory from the aesthetics of absence to a position that holds literature as the embrace of subject and object. Barthes, perhaps the seminal French literary theorist of the 20th century, produced more than 15 books in his lifetime. Most of the selections here are essays, and are complete. Whole sections from several larger works, such as 'Writing Degree Zero,' are given uncut. In the case of the short sections drawn from different parts of 'The Pleasure of the Text' and 'Roland Barthes,' the jumps in the text are indicated by three dots. The 'essential' Barthes. 495p.
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This volume gathers sixteen essays and speeches written in the last years of Susan Sontag's life, when her work was being given its due on the international stage. Here,we find Sontag writing of the freedom of literature, about courage and resistance, and fearlessly addressing the dilemmas and myths about post-9/11 America, from the degradation of political rhetoric to the appalling and scandalous torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq. David Rieff describes his mother's passion in his foreword: 'She wanted to experience everyting...if I had only one word with which to evoke her, it would be avidity.' Sontag's avidity lives here.
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Death Kit

By Susan Sontag

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First published in 1967, Susan Sontag's second novel offers a passionate exploration of the recesses of the American conscience. Diddy is a conventional but troubled young man whom readers follow through a self-incriminating investigation that is detailed in a story which travels throughout New York State. 312p.
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In these memoirs, Braz Cubas, a wealthy nineteenth-century Brazilian, examines (from beyond the grave) his rather undistinguished life in 160 short chapters that are filled with philosophical digressions and exuberant insights. A clear forerunner of Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges, Epitaph for a Small Winner, first published in 1880, is one of the wittiest self-portraits in literary history as well as “one of the masterpieces of Brazilian literature” (Salman Rushdie).
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A collection of the nonfiction writings of an acclaimed Serbian novelist and essayist offers examinations of such issues as nationalism, censorship, and literature
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Text in English and Italian.
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This volume, the first of three to publish Sontag's journals & notebooks, presents a constantly & utterly surprising record of a great mind in incubation. It begins with journal entries and early attempts at fiction from Sontag's years as a university & graduate student, & ends in 1964, when she was becoming a participant and observer of the artistic and intellectual life of New York City. Illus., b&w photos. 317p.
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Selected Stories

By Robert Walser

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In her preface to Robert Walser’s Selected Stories, Susan Sontag describes Walser as “a good-humored, sweet Beckett.” The more common comparison is to “a comic Kafka.” Both formulations effectively describe the reading experience in these stories: the reader is obviously in the presence of a mind-bending genius, but one characterized by a wry, buoyant voice, as apparently cheerful as it is disturbing.Walser is one of the twentieth century’s great modern masters—revered by everyone from Walter Benjamin to Hermann Hesse to W. G. Sebald—and Selected Stories gives the fullest display of his talent. “He is most at home in the mode of short fiction,” according to J. M. Coetzee in The New York Review of Books. The stories “show him at his dazzling best.”
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Written between 1977-1980, the novel is a lost masterpiece, whose author never saw a single page of his literary work published during his lifetime. In it, a narrator is in a train going to Leningrad, mid-April 1867; also aboard are the newly wed Dostoyevskys, Fydor and Anna, who are on their way to Germany for a trip that will keep them abroad four years. Neither fantasy nor docu-novel, the book gets everything right due to its author's obsession with the details of Dostoyevsky's life. 176p. Pap.
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The Bishop of Iceland dispatches a young emissary to investigate certain charges against the pastor at Snaefells Glacier, who, among other things, appears to have given up burying the dead. Once he arrives, the emissary finds that this dereliction counts only as a mild eccentricity in a community where women are rumored never to bathe, eat, or sleep, and Creation itself is a work in progress. 288p.
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(New York). (1992). 4to. 1st edition, wrappered issue. SIGNED by Misrach to title page. Minor edgewear and rubbing to wrappers. VG in wrappers.
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Women

By Annie Leibovitz

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The celebrated photographer turns her lens to a favorite topic, women, sharing her portraits of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eudora Welty, Martina Navratilova, Jerry Hall, Jodie Foster, Rosie O'Donnell, a Navajo weaver, an architect, an astronaut, a rancher, a body builder, a soldier, and many others. 150,000 first printing. Tour.
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First published in (French) in 1953. This work lends support to the already well-established cause of advanced literature, not with an argument over fundamentals of taste and purpose, but by an allusive refinement of that argument, oriented more to modernist literature's further prospects than to its celebrated past. The book is not only manifesto but polemic; the myths about literature proposed in it acknowledge basic antinomies that even others, like Sartre, addressing the same subject, have glosseed over. 88p.
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