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Regarding the pain of others

Regarding the pain of others / Susan Sontag.
1st ed.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
Physical Description
131 pages ; 22 cm
Local Notes
BEIN 2018 4536: Number line: "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on title page verso indicates 1st printing. Dust jacket. Autograph: "Samuel R. Delany" with information about receipt of the book. Price label on back cover: ISB-N-0-374-24858-3, 81 101/ 1 $20.00, REGARDING/SONTAG, S, 03/04/03. Manuscript notes of Samuel R. Delany. Accompanied by: 1 printed PDF of "Preview of coming attractions : Sontag looks at images of war" from the New York Observer (4 pages). All accompanying materials are housed separately. From the library of Samuel R. Delany.
Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace in our "society of spectacle." But are viewers inured--or incited--to violence by the daily depiction of cruelty and horror? Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the universal availability of imagery intended to shock? In this investigation of the role of imagery in our culture, Susan Sontag cuts through circular arguments about how pictures can inspire dissent or foster violence as she takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and Dachau and Auschwitz to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and New York City on September 11, 2001. Sontag's new book, a startling reappraisal of the intersection of "information", "news," "art," and politics in the contemporary depiction of war and disaster, will forever alter our thinking about the uses and meanings of images in our world.
Added to Catalog
April 02, 2003
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-131).
Also listed under
Samuel R. Delany Library (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library). Working Library.
United States New York (State) New York.

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