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Death Kit

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First published in 1967, Death Kit is a classic of modern fiction. Blending realism and dream, Susan Sontag's second novel offers a passionate exploration of the recesses of the American conscience.

The novel is a narrative of the suffering of Dalton 'Diddy' Harron, told through his own observations. He works in advertising for a microscope manufacturer, is thirty-three and divorced and a month ago tried to commit suicide. The haphazard events of his life, including killing a railway worker and falling in love with a blind girl, are brought to us through the lens of Diddy's own mind. We follow him through his journey to justify his actions and exorcise his inner demons, but we can see what is happening to Diddy only from inside his head, in the present, and the balance of his mind does not always bear close scrutiny.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 236g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141393181
  • 9780141393186
  • 631,870

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"In "Death Kit "Susan Sontag has written a terrifying black novel with the fierce unsettling thrust of a Kafka-esque fable. It is a truly awesome book, forged from a stark in which staccato sentences and near-documentary observations are fused into a brilliantly sustained style."-"Boston Globe" "It seems an impertinence merely to recommend this book for its literary qualities." Death Kit" is an experience beyond definition, part novel, part thriller, part philosophy, part dream."-Douglas M. Davis, "The National Observer" ""Death Kit" is a strange and wonderful book, a ritual exorcising of modern terrors, a dream book of love and death . . . Sontag conjures up scenes of sordid everyday life that are as brutal and macabre as anything in Raymond Chandler or Nathaniel West."-Frederic Tuten, "Vogue" "This novel is 'real art'-disconcerting, absorbing, entertaining (in the Greek sense of the verb; to grip), and extremely unnerving. One can only say, in the
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About Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004.
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422 ratings
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3 34% (142)
2 11% (47)
1 4% (16)
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