Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor in 1978, while suffering from breast cancer herself. In her study she reveals that the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is - a disease; not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment, and highly curable, if good treatment is found early enough. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote Aids and Its Metaphors, extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.
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Brimming with humane and original ideas about a disease and the modern condition, this classic essay and its sequel -- written 10 years later -- are compassionate exhortations and a liberating event. "Taken together, the two essays are an exemplary demonstration of the power of the intellect in the face of the lethal metaphors of fear." -- The NationAbout the Author:
Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. 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 Penguin, London, 1991. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. apart from a darkening of the page edges, there is no damage to describe. the authors to brilliant essays on the mythology of disease and society have now been brought together in one volume. In order to understand or grasp the enormity of diseases such as tuberculosis, cancer and AIDS, we have evolved a language that often falsifies distorts the truth about them. In these 2 essays she strips away the mythology represents the true significance of disease as it has affected cultures throughout the centuries. - Rear panel were Full number line. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. VI, 180,  pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Language & Linguistics; Myths, Legends & Folklore. ISBN: 0140124276. ISBN/EAN: 9780140124279. Inventory No: 0259840. Post will be reduced to $7.80 for posting inside Australia, at the time of processing the order. Bookseller Inventory # 0259840