“Regarding the Pain of Others”: A critical review

29 April, 2014 • Arts, Books 1073

Néstor Cerdá

Does one need to be Caesar to understand Caesar? Does one need to experience war in order to understand it? The answer seems easy and all too obvious, but it is not. It is not the same to be a soldier at the frontline while others take care of supplies back in the rear; it is not the same to live in a city under siege than working in a factory far back in safe areas. War, like any other human activity, is made of thousands of circumstances and scenarios, most of the time radically different one from each other. The same happens with war photography (or terrorism) and Susan Sontag tries to explore them all, searching for something the reader is never completely sure of what this can be.


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