Regarding the Pain of Others

Regarding the Pain of Others

Summary

Regarding the Pain of Others is Susan Sontag's searing analysis of our numbed response to images of horror.

'A coruscating sermon on how we picture suffering' The New York Times

What is the purpose of images of pain and suffering? Can there be any real justification for the creation, and consumption, of such images?

In this seminal volume, Susan Sontag examines the uses and meanings of images, from inspiring dissent to fostering violence to creating apathy. And through this lens she considers the nature of war, the limits of sympathy, and the obligations of conscience.

'A far-reaching set of ruminations [...] on what it means to be alive and alert in the twenty-first century' Independent

'Sontag is on top form: devastating' Los Angeles Times

'Simple, elegant, fiercely persuasive' Metro

About the author

Susan Sontag

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. She died in December 2004.
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