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"The Benefactor," Susan Sontag's first book and first novel, originally published in 1963, introduced a unique writer to the world. In the form of a memoir by a latter-day Candide named Hippolyte, "The Benefactor" leads us on a kind of psychic Grand Tour, in which Hippolyte's violently imaginative dream life becomes indistinguishable from his surprising experiences in the 'real world.' Sontag's novel supplies a fascinating, knowing, acerbic portrait of a certain bohemian demimonde that flourished in France until quite recently. More important, "The Benefactor "is a novel about ideas-especially religious ideas-unlike any other: funny, acrobatic, disturbing, profound.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312420123
ISBN-10: 0312420129
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Picador USA
Publisher: Picador USA
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, "The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, " and "In America" (winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction). She has also published a collection of stories, several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them "On Photography" and, most recently, "Where the Stress Falls." Her books are translated into twenty-eight languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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