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The Benefactor

Written by Susan Sontag

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Benefactor Synopsis

The Benefactor is Susan Sontag's first book and first novel. It was originally published in 1963, and introduced a unique writer to the world. In the form of a memoir by a latter-day Candide named Hippolyte, The Benefactor leads us on a kind of psychic Grand Tour, in which Hippolyte's violently imaginative dream life becomes indistinguishable from his surprising experiences in the 'real world'.

The Benefactor Press Reviews

'An extraordinary, imaginative achievement that plays over the reader's senses with boldness, grace and daring.' - John Hawkes 'A highly original, brilliant tale of a self-centered, solitary dilettante whose dreams take over his life.' New York Post

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141190099
Publication date: 2nd July 2009
Author: Susan Sontag
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages

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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