Regarding the Pain of OthersSusan Sontag
Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag is a succinct and powerful examination of the affects of witnessing suffering, from one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers.
From Goya's Disasters of War to news footage and photographs of the conflicts in Vietnam, Rwanda and Bosnia, pictures have been charged with inspiring dissent, fostering violence or instilling apathy in us, the viewer. Regarding the Pain of Others will alter our thinking not only about the uses and meanings of images, but about the nature of war, the limits of sympathy, and the obligations of conscience.
- Published: 19 September 2019
- ISBN: 9780141012377
- Imprint: Penguin General UK
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128
Susan Sontag (1933-2004) 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.