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The Resource Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir, David Rieff

Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir, David Rieff

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Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir
Title
Swimming in a sea of death
Title remainder
a son's memoir
Statement of responsibility
David Rieff
Title variation
Swimming in a sea of death
Title variation remainder
a sons memoir
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer. Rieff's witness of the last nine months of her life, from her initial diagnosis to her death, is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son, and a reflection on what it is like to try to help someone gravely ill in her fight to go on living and, when the time comes, to die with dignity." "Rieff offers no easy answers. Instead, his intensely personal book is a meditation on what it means to confront death in our culture. In his most profound work, this writer confronts the blunt feelings of the survivor - the guilt, the self-questioning, the sense of not having done enough." "And he tries to understand what it means to desire so desperately, as his mother did to the end of her life, to try almost anything in order to go on living."
  • "Drawing on his mother's heroic struggle, paying tribute to her doctors' ingenuity and faithfulness, and determined to tell what happened to them all, Swimming in a Sea of Death subtly draws wider lessons that will be of value to others when they find themselves in the same situation."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
A tribute to writer Susan Sontag and her final battle with cancer, written by her son, relates the human experience of being close to someone who is gravely ill and evaluates the current state of cancer research and treatment
Biography type
individual biography
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219544
Cataloging source
DLC
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Rieff, David
Dewey number
B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Sontag, Susan
  • Rieff, David
  • Mothers and sons
  • Mothers
  • Authors, American
  • Cancer
Target audience
adult
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a son's memoir
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Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir, David Rieff
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Publication
Control code
000042299331
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
180 p.
Isbn
9780743299466
Lccn
2007042887
Label
Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir, David Rieff
Link
Publication
Control code
000042299331
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
180 p.
Isbn
9780743299466
Lccn
2007042887

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