Death Kit

The first US edition of Susan Sontag's exploration of the American conscience.


Susan Sontag


Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1967
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Printing Details

First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 312pp.

The novel is a narrative of the suffering of Dalton 'Diddy' Harron, told through his own observations. He works in advertising for a microscope manufacturer, is thirty-three and divorced and a month ago tried to commit suicide. The haphazard events of his life, including killing a railway worker and falling in love with a blind girl, are brought to us through the lens of Diddy's own mind. We follow him through his journey to justify his actions and exorcise his inner demons, but we can see what is happening to Diddy only from inside his head, in the present, and the balance of his mind does not always bear close scrutiny.


A good reading copy only. The book is in good shape but has a small top corner cut from the ffep. The ages are clean and the binding is secure. The dustwrapper is quite tatty with heavy edgewear and a few taped repairs to tears, it has also been scruffily price-clipped. However, it in now within a protective sleeve.



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