Susan Sontag was born in New York City on January 16, She received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and did graduate work in philosophy. El Benefactor by Susan Sontag, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Susan Sontag’s first book and first novel The Benefactor was published in. Autobiographical .. geographical or generic” (Bowers, Magic(al) Realism, 67).

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I can’t wait to read more of Sontag’s fiction. The dreams come to replace motives in the narrator’s life. Not necessarily with the interpretation of ssusan dreams in the Freudian sense, but with the practical application of his dreams to his life. The Benefactor by Susan Sontag.

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The main character of this book decides to quit all the things he is doing in life to interpret and live out his dreams. But what I think is happening here is I like Sontag as an essayist. He is entirely self-involved, with little or no compassion for others. Hippolyte is inept as anything benefactot a dreamer. Has the narrator, like so many academics preoccupied with textual analysis, expanded upon the details of his life, extracting the maximum amount of content?

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Sontag’s first novel explores the borders between the dream world and “real” life. The narrator here, Hippolyte, evinces a powerful inwardness and love of solitude. So far, so good, but I’d like to see him have some dreams like the ones in this book and see what happens then.


Despite its utter uniqueness in his experience, the event passes as if it were nothing more significant than a recent shower. There would only be what is. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. When Frau Anders turns up undead, he decides to redecorate and give to her a house his father left him. Please enter the message. Perhaps the author is the only one who would benefit from this form of analysis, recognizing that a spectrum of individual interpretations exist, and each interpretation eusan the potential to shed new wontag on a text provided the interpretation in question has not been corrupted by someone else’s interpretation.

The narrator is a man preoccupied with his dreams. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. I thought about that a lot while reading this book, even though the story lines are pretty freaking different.

The BenefactorSusan Sontag’s first book and first novel, originally published inintroduced a unique writer to the world. The name field is required. You may send this item to up to five recipients. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. brnefactor

Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all. The E-mail Address es field is required. May 06, Paul benffactor it. His friend Jean-Jacques is a homosexual prostitute and thief who lives wl dangerous night life. Hippolyte then takes a mistress who he mistreats. Eso es la muerte. Jan 18, Isa Flores-Jones rated it liked it. I can’t think of many other books that fit that bill, except for maybe???


For him dream life and logic have overtaken reality. Please verify that you are not a robot.

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Why have you become such an evil loner, Hippolyte? Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. The danger of interpretation, Sontag affirms, is that it “takes the sensory experience of the work of art for granted, and proceeds from there. Trivia About The Benefactor. Sontwg statement may give the reader a basic summary of Sontag’s essay, but it doesn’t begin to explain the complexity of her novel.

Remember me on this computer. Perhaps as a means of highlighting Hippolyte’s inwardness, Sontag has Jean-Jacques take him home to bed one night.

I am aware of the alternatives. Books by Susan Sontag.

Aug 23, Carlos Puig rated it it was ok. Hippolyte hides her for a while and is relieved when she leaves.