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"Unfortunately, Miss Sontag's intelligence is still greater than her talent." With this single sentence, Vidal sums up his view of Death Kit, Sontag's surrealistic novel in the literary mode of Kafka, Sartre, Nathalie Sarraute, and Robbe-Grillet—the last two leading French "experimentalists" of the 1960s. Vidal says Sontag has appropriated what French existentialist Jean Paul Sartre calls Sarraute's "protoplasmic vision. This vision captures "a sort of guey slaver, sticking to him, lining his insides."

The intricate plot of Death Kit involves a murder on a train from Manhattan to Buffalo where Diddy, a divorced man in his 30s, encounters a blind girl and an older woman. The reader is taken from the subterranean world of the train, through darkness and blindness, deeper into both the interior of...

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