“The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation – however minute. I want the encounter with a person or a work of art to change everything.’
Brazen, brilliant and deeply searing, Sontag’s diaries wrestle with the profound. They explore ideas and subjects as far-reaching as writing, war, desire, consciousness, many others. From the graphic destruction of war-torn Vietnam to her tumultuous romantic affairs, in the second volume of her diaries, Sontag is profoundly candid and insightful. This instalment charts the years when Sontag wrote the majority of her renowned essays, including the ground-breaking Against Interpretation in 1966. Riveting and enlightening, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh illuminates the mind of one of the twentieth century’s most significant intellectuals.
Penguin Books, 2013