As Consciousness Is Harnessed To Flesh


‘As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh’ is the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Reborn’, the first in a series of diaries from the late American critic and philosopher Susan Sontag. This, the second of three volumes of Susan Sontag’s journals and notebooks, begins where the first volume left off, in the middle of the 1960s. It traces and documents Sontag’s evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world of New York City to world-renowned critic and dominant force in the world of ideas with the publication of the groundbreaking ‘Against Interpretation’ in 1966.

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‘The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation- however minute. I want the encounter with a person or a work of art to change everything.’

Brazen, brilliant and deeply searing, Sontag’s diaries wrestle with the profound – exploring ideas and subjects as far-reaching as writing, war, desire and consciousness.

From the graphic destruction of war-torn Vietnam to her tumultuous romantic affairs, in the second volume of her diaries, Sontag is profoundly candid and insightful. This instalment charts the years when Sontag wrote the majority of her renowned essays, including the ground-breaking Against Interpretation in 1966. Riveting and enlightening, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh illuminates the mind of one of the twentieth century’s most significant intellectuals.

‘Her diary entries combine her interests with bright, aphoristic turns of phrase….These diaries are a reminder of the value of the work that made her great, and also mysterious . . . ‘ The Economist

‘It is a rare pleasure to read, in her diary, discoveries being made in real time. She applies her mind to itself with enthusiasm’ The Guardian

‘In its fragmentation and incoherence and passion, its combination of the erudite and the everyday, it is more true to life, both intellectual and emotional, than the most artful novel or careful biography. It may well be that Sontag’s diaries, like Virginia Woolf’s (which she knew and admired) will come to be seen as just as brilliant and important as anything she wrote.’ The Telegraph

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Weight 0.373 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3.2 cm






xii, 523




818.5409 (edition:23)


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