Death Kit

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First published in 1967, Death Kit—Susan Sontag's second novel—is a classic of modern fiction. Blending realism and dream, it offers a passionate exploration of the recesses of the American conscience.

Author Biography: Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America (winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction). She has also published a collection of stories, several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them ...

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Overview

First published in 1967, Death Kit—Susan Sontag's second novel—is a classic of modern fiction. Blending realism and dream, it offers a passionate exploration of the recesses of the American conscience.

Author Biography: Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America (winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction). She has also published a collection of stories, several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography and, most recently, Where the Stress Falls. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

Diddy is a conventional but troubled young man whom we follow through a self-incriminating investigation detailed in a story that travels throughout New York State.

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Released in 1963 and 1967, respectively, these are Sontag's first and second novels. In The Benefactor, protagonist Hippolyte "depends on his dreams to direct the course of his life" (LJ 9/1/63). The story, which unfolds over a 60-year period, might itself be a dream. Death Kit is no less cerebral. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"In Death Kit Susan Sontag has written a terrifying black novel with the fierce unsettling thrust of a Kafka-esque fable. It is a truly awesome book, forged from a stark in which staccato sentences and near-documentary observations are fused into a brilliantly sustained style."—Boston Globe

"It seems an impertinence merely to recommend this book for its literary qualities. Death Kit is an experience beyond definition, part novel, part thriller, part philosophy, part dream."—Douglas M. Davis, The National Observer

"Death Kit is a strange and wonderful book, a ritual exorcising of modern terrors, a dream book of love and death . . . Sontag conjures up scenes of sordid everyday life that are as brutal and macabre as anything in Raymond Chandler or Nathaniel West."—Frederic Tuten, Vogue

"This novel is 'real art'—disconcerting, absorbing, entertaining (in the Greek sense of the verb; to grip), and extremely unnerving. One can only say, in the most direct way: read it."—Doris Grumbach

"Death Kit . . . is a powerful visionary novel and a remarkable achievement. Miss Sontag has written an extraordinary novel, a Kafka-ish nightmare of an American Jederman, which proclaims at once her soaring talent and her profound pessimism."—John Barkham, Saturday Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374135560
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1/1/1967
  • Pages: 312

Meet the Author

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America (winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction). She has also published a collection of stories, several plays, and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography and, most recently, Where the Stress Falls. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Oakkit+

    Oakkit-He sat waiting for Mystickit <p> Jaykit~She happily looked around blinking <p> Cederkit-Sat down watching his sisters <p> Beechkit-Woke up blinking sleepily <p> Mothkit~Yawned staring at Beechkit <p> Featherkit~Looked for a freind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Robinkit

    Nodded. "Lead the way!" She mewed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Deathheadkit&co.

    Deathheadkit and his siblings waited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    To honeypelt

    I need someone to rp a tomkit named stormkit and another to rp a shekit named soulkit for soulclan. Send them to fedora res8 and have them ask for bluewaters. Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Moonkit and co

    MOONKIT she looked around happily seeing the clan she succesfully made. Then she said we need a hunting party. H turned to nutkit a he walked in. She gave him the get a group look she had. NUTKIT he nodded at moonkit and padded over to robinkit and oakkit and said you to come to the forest at result 11 with me to go hunting. We need to restock the freshkill pile. He padded to result 11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Silvermoonstar

    Silvermoonstar let out a laugh. "Ah, so this is where it is headed, hmn?" She looked at Thunderstorm. "Try me." She spat, stalking back to Bloodclan, than headed to Ethreal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Pebblekit

    Sighs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Devil

    She sighed and padded away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Goldenkit

    She ran through, with not being followed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Leafwind

    She nods. "Really. Youre going to live with me in Natureclan." She purred. (In case you dont know, Natureclan is at 'foo' res 2 and nursreys res 7.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Littlenose

    I had a sister nemed fawn once..........she ran from my mother when we were kits and went ethreal. Welll fawnkit come with me. Im in thunderclan. Hyacinth result one two or three. Just pretend yoi were my kit and your mother ead my mate nd she died. Ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Buckkit and fawnkit

    Suckle then fall asleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Moonlightkit

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Silverstar to all

    Read my post at res one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Fiercefire

    I will think about it ok ill probably come back tommorow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Silverkit

    She glances around at all of the other kits her pale green eyes shining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Pepperkit

    "Fawnkit and Jaykit I think you guys are about to be adopted."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    JOIN SOUL CLAN

    JOIN AT FEDORA RES 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    ArcticKit & Friends.

    ArcticKit walked in folowed by BrownKit and AcornKit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Fawnkit

    She egarly fallows littlenose.

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