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Mortality - Christopher Hitchens
Mortality
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On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found... show more
On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781455502752 (1455502758)
Publisher: Twelve
Pages no: 104
Edition language: English
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Mike's Reviews
Mike's Reviews rated it
3.5 'Mortality' by Christopher Hitchens (2012)
Christopher Hitchens, Mortality (London: Atlantic Books, 2013), 106pp A good read (no surprise, it is Hitchens after all) but it lacks real meat. It is very short and I am wary of being too critical of it considering Hitchens was writing right up until his final days. But it doesn't really address...
Loves books and cats
Loves books and cats rated it
4.0
Partly like I would expect from Christopher Hitchens and partly not. He is less strident and harsh than usual. A gentle Hitchens is a surprise. But he is still unflinching in his analysis of his disease and all the hoopla surrounding his treatment. Good but so short, unfortunately because death t...
Leituras
Leituras rated it
4.0 Mortalidade
Avassalador! Escrito durante os 19 meses em que esteve doente com cancro, Hitchens continua corajosamente a defender, ��s portas da morte, o que sempre defendeu toda a vida e confronta-nos com a nossa pr��pria mortalidade."Ao longo da minha vida, j�� tinha acordado, mais de uma vez, com a sensa����o...
Well-Lucubrated
Well-Lucubrated rated it
5.0
For a long while now I've skirted Hitchens' books. Not because I find his conclusions offensive--I am a kindred spirit in that Hitch and I both reject the notion that spirits exist--but because his methods seemed unnecessarily pugnacious. Like many people my age (and younger), I've spent more time t...
Gecko's Corner
Gecko's Corner rated it
5.0
Dies ist ein Buch das man wohl kaum kritisieren kann. Das Buch eines sterbenden Mannes, eines Mannes der in seinem Leben viel Aufsehen erregt und für Diskussionen gesorgt hat. Christopher Hitchens, Autor, Journalist, Kolumnist und einer der lautesten und kontroversesten Atheisten der letzten Jahre v...
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