In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern urban life. In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader with exposed workings of an impassioned intellect in narratives seamed with many of the themes of her essays—the nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and the future in an alienated present.
"These seven stories are cerebral, clever experiments in form," said LJ's reviewer of this 1978 collection, adding that the book was "not for readers who prefer traditional storytelling." Sontag's reputation has grown steadily, so this should still find an audience. (LJ 9/15/78) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.