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Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004.
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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [1978]

Project for a trip to China.--Debriefing.--American spirits.--The dummy.--Old complaints revisited.--Baby.--Doctor Jekyll.--Unguided tour.
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In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern urban life. In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader with exposed workings of an impassioned intellect in narratives seamed with many of the themes of her essays--the nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and the future in an alienated present.

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Susan Sontag was born in New York City on January 16, 1933. She received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and did graduate work in philosophy, literature and theology at Harvard University and Saint Anne's College, Oxford University. She was the author of 17 books including four novels, a collection of short stories, several plays, and eight works of nonfiction. Her novels are The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction. On Photography received the 1978 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and Art in America. She also wrote and directed four feature films and stage plays in the United States and Europe. She died from leukemia on December 28, 2004 at the age of 71.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

"These seven stories are cerebral, clever experiments in form," said LJ's reviewer of this 1978 collection, adding that the book was "not for readers who prefer traditional storytelling." Sontag's reputation has grown steadily, so this should still find an audience. (LJ 9/15/78) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Project for a Trip to Chinap. 3
Debriefingp. 33
American Spiritsp. 55
The Dummyp. 87
Old Complaints Revisitedp. 101
Babyp. 147
Doctor Jekyllp. 187
Unguided Tourp. 233