Regarding the Pain of Others

Book by Susan Sontag

  • Published: Jul 28, 2020

A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture-its ubiquity, meanings, and effects Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity-a daily commonplace in our "society of spectacle."... read more

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Details of Regarding the Pain of Others

Exact title of the book
Regarding the Pain of Others
Book author
Susan Sontag
ISBN
9781466853577
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Oct 01, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
144
File size (in PDF)
1296 kB

Some brief overview of book

A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture-its ubiquity, meanings, and effects 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 her first full-scale investigation of the role of imagery in our culture since her now-classic book On Photography defined the terms of the debate twenty-five years ago, 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.

As John Berger wrote when On Photography was first published, "All future discussions or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book." 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 be equally essential. It will forever alter our thinking about the uses and meanings of images in our world.

About author

Sontag is the author of four other novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, and The Volcano Lover; and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; I, etcetera a collection of stories; several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography and Against Interpretation. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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