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Book Title: Under the Sign of Saturn|
The author of the book: Susan Sontag
Date of issue: June 1st 1980
ISBN 13: 9780374280765
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 772 KB
Edition: Farrar Straus Giroux
Read full description of the books Under the Sign of Saturn:Hooh! Don't you wish you could write as fluently and brilliantly as Susan Sontag? I do.
Under the Sign of Saturn is a collection of essays on aesthetics. Her style is wide in its reach and deep in its thinking. Paul Goodman (who she damns with faint praise) and the many hopes and failures of Artaud.
The title essay is on the saturnine life and temperament of Walter Benjamin. She parses his life and thought as a study of melancholy and alienation. She finds a sad and lonesome man, who collects and miniaturizes things so he could take them with him, and loves the baroque and the arcane.
There are two essays here on fascism, or at least the aesthetics of it. The first is on Leni Reifenstahl's project with the Nuba tribes of Sudan, and how she still unconsciously clings to the same ideas of her previous propaganda. The second is on Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's 7-hour-long film 'Hitler'. A fun watch, I'm sure.
Two more essays on Roland Barthes and Elias Canetti round out the set.
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