Susan Sontag's second novel follows a conventional but troubled young man through a self-incriminating investigation. It travels from upstate New York to New York City, and to the recesses of the American conscience, where the will to destroy may be the strongest impulse of all.
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"In "Death Kit "Susan Sontag has written a terrifying black novel with the fierce unsettling thrust of a Kafka-esque fable. It is a truly awesome book, forged from a stark in which staccato sentences and near-documentary observations are fused into a brilliantly sustained style."—"Boston Globe"
"It seems an impertinence merely to recommend this book for its literary qualities." Death Kit" is an experience beyond definition, part novel, part thriller, part philosophy, part dream."—Douglas M. Davis, "The National Observer"
""Death Kit" is a strange and wonderful book, a ritual exorcising of modern terrors, a dream book of love and death . . . Sontag conjures up scenes of sordid everyday life that are as brutal and macabre as anything in Raymond Chandler or Nathaniel West."—Frederic Tuten, "Vogue"
"This novel is 'real art'—disconcerting, absorbing, entertaining (in the Greek sense of the verb; to grip), and extremely unnerving. One can only say, in the
Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. She is the author of four novels, a collection of stories, several plays, and six books of essays, among them Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004.
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99387115