On November 2, 1993, the John Adams Institute hosted author Susan Sontag, who spoke about her novel The Volcano Lover. Dutch essayist and sociologist Abram de Swaan moderated the evening.
Susan Sontag was an American writer and filmmaker, teacher and political activist. Her best known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover and In America. She wrote extensively about photography, culture and media, AIDS and illness, human rights, and communism and leftist ideology. The Volcano Lover is the novel that made Susan Sontag a best-seller. Set in Naples, the novel focuses upon Emma Hamilton, her marriage to Sir William Hamilton, the scandal relating to her affair with Lord Nelson, her abandonment, and her descent into poverty.
Susan Sontag died in 2004 from leukemia. Read her obituary from The Guardian here.
Moderator: Abram de Swaan
In collaboration with: Amsterdam Renaissance Hotel, Uitgeverij Anthos, United States Information Service the Hague, Kwartaalblad 'Amerika', van Ditmar Boekimport, Carrefour de la Littérature de Strasbourg