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12.2.05

Susan Sontag Buried in Montparnasse

Salman Rushdie at the grave of Susan Sontag, photograph by Daniel MordzinskiIn accordance with her final wishes, Susan Sontag was buried in Paris (as I mentioned here and here). The grave, I have finally learned, is in the Cimetière de Montparnasse, where Baudelaire, Beckett, and Sartre (among many others) are also buried. Here is a photograph of Salman Rushdie placing a flower on Sontag's grave on January 17 (as reported in El País). In attendance were writers Ian McEwan, Jean Hatzfeld, Vicente Molina Foix, dancer Lucinda Childs, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and theater director Robert Wilson. Actresses Isabelle Huppert and Fiona Shaw read poems by Rimbaud, Beckett, and Baudelaire, and the Debussy flute solo Syrinx was played over the grave.

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