Swimming In A Sea Of Death

Swimming In A Sea Of Death : A Son's Memoir

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Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer. Rieff's brave, passionate and unsparing witness of the last nine months of her life is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son, and a reflection on what it means to confront death in our culture. David Rieff confronts his feelings in relation to his mother-the guilt, the self-questioning, the sense of not having done enough. And he tries to understand what it means to desire so desperately, as his mother did to the end of her life, and to try almost anything in order to go on living.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 21mm
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 052285544X
  • 9780522855449

About David Rieff

David Rieff is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of seven previous books, including the acclaimed At the Point of a Gun- Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention; A Bed for the Night- Humanitarianism in Crisis; and Slaughterhouse- Bosnia and the Failure of the West. He lives in New York City.show more