Author(s): Susan Sontag
From Goya's Disasters of War to news footage and photographs of the conflicts in Vietnam, Rwanda and Bosnia, pictures have been charged with inspiring dissent, fostering violence or instilling apathy in us, the viewer. Regarding the Pain of Others will alter our thinking not only about the uses and meanings of images, but about the nature of war, the limits of sympathy, and the obligations of conscience.
Susan Sontag's most recent books are a collection of essays, Where the Stress Falls, and a novel, In America, for which she won the National Book Award in 2000. Her earlier books include three novels, a collection of stories, a play, and five works of non-fiction, among them On Photography and Illness as Metaphor, both published by Penguin. In 2001 Susan Sontag was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She lives in New York City.