[Marxism] Susan Sontag dies

Jurriaan Bendien andromeda246 at hetnet.nl
Tue Dec 28 16:48:31 MST 2004


Author and social critic Susan Sontag, one of the strongest voices of 
intellectual opposition to US policies after the September 11 attacks, has 
died at the age of 71. Sontag, who had suffered from leukemia for some time, 
died in a New York cancer hospital. She was known for interests that ranged 
from French existentialist writers to ballet, photography and politics.
She was the author of 17 books and was a lifelong human rights activist. Her 
work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Among her best-known 
works was a 1964 study of homosexual aesthetics called Notes on Camp. Sontag 
was among the first to raise a dissenting voice after September 11, 2001, in 
a controversial New Yorker magazine essay arguing that talk of an "attack on 
civilisation" was "drivel".

She ignited a firestorm of criticism when she declared that the attacks were 
not a "cowardly attack" on civilisation but "an act undertaken as a 
consequence of specific American alliances and actions". Sontag had since 
been an outspoken critic of US President George W Bush over his response to 
the September 11 attacks and particularly the US-led war in Iraq.

Complete story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1273397.htm





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