Courageous, insightful and candid thoughts on malady and mortality from one of our most celebrated writers.
During the US book tour for his memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens collapsed in his New York hotel room to excoriating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of deeply moving Vanity Fair pieces, he was being deported 'from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady.' Until his death in 2011 he underwent the brutal gamut of modern cancer treatment, enduring catastrophic levels of suffering and eventually losing his voice.
Mortality is the most meditative piece of writing Hitchens has ever produced; at once an unsparingly honest account of the ravages of his disease, an examination of cancer bathroom etiquette, and the coda to a lifetime of fierce debate and peerless prose. In this eloquent confrontation of mortality, Hitchens returns a human face to a disease that has become a contemporary cipher of suffering.
About the Author
Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), 'one of the most prolific, and well as brilliant, journalists of our time' (Observer), was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York. The most recent of his numerous books are the international bestsellers God is Not Great, Hitch-22 and Arguably.
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I was diagnosed with throat cancer shortly before this book was published. I waited until I was out of the woods before reading it and then devoured this book. It is totally true to the experience and he describes the experience using his natural writing skill. Still making us think...
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st September 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.23