Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Regarding the Pain of Others
Susan Sontag


This is Susan Sontag’s searing analysis of our numbed response to images of horror. 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, 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 coruscating sermon on how we picture suffering.” – The New York Times

Paperback, 128pp
Penguin Books, 2004 (2003)
ISBN 9780141012377