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Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir

by David Rieff - £7.99  Granta Books (2009)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781847080752 | ISBN 10: 1847080758

Susan Sontag had fought off two previous bouts of cancer when, in 2004, she was diagnosed with an incurable form of leukaemia.
 
In this beautifully written memoir, her son David Rieff recounts their time together during the last months of Sontag's life, drawing on her diaries and letters to create both an honest, vivid portrait and a haunting meditation on mortality.

"Power beyond mere eulogy, elegy or complaint..an eloquent record of grief."
(New York Review of Books)
"The delicacy and restraint of this book give it its painful force. Reading Swimming in a Sea of Death is at once a shattering encounter with medical actuality and an elating literary experience. It is a work of the highest originality and artistry - and truthfulness."
(Janet Malcolm)

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