Where the Stress Falls: Essays

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St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.5 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, including In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; a collection of stories; several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them Against Interpretation and On Photography. Her latest book is Regarding the Pain of Others. Her books have been translated into 28 languages. In 2001, she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.


"What ultimately matters about Sontag is what she has defended: the life of the mind, and the necessity for reading and writing as 'a way of being fully human.' She has been a great explainer, but her explanations are not reductive....She regroups the familiar and makes the eye fresh....She stands for what is articulate, independent, exploratory: for self as work in progress." --Hilary Mantel, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[The essays] invariably also leave one with the urgent desire to read the book or see the painting, play, dance she describes. Her passion evokes that urgency...The outstanding essays are 'Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo' and 'Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes, ' both of which are definitive and awe-inspiring." --Bookforum

"Three essays--the longest in the book--are of unquestioned lasting importance. They are 'Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes, ' 'Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo' and the title essay ['Where the Stress Falls' which] is a stunning tour de force." --Houston Chronicle

"Where the Stress Falls raises the bar of criticism to the highest level....Her energy infuses every word in the collection." --The Seattle Times

"Her criticism is art in its own right, so gorgeously formed and creative, so vital and searching, deeply rooted in passionately intelligent reading and unstinting curiosity ....A substantial and wonderfully musical collection that makes matters literary and artistic urgent and thrilling." --Booklist