Blood: The Stuff of Life

Blood: The Stuff of Life

Paperback CBC Massey Lectures

By (author) Lawrence Hill

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  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 201mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1770893237
  • ISBN 13: 9781770893238
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 221,246

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In Blood, bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today. Blood runs red through every person’s arteries, and fulfills the same functions in every human being. However, as much as the study and use of blood has helped advance our understanding of human biology, its cultural and social representations have divided us perennially. Blood pulses through religions, literature, and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides them. This book is a fascinating historical and contemporary interpretation of blood, as a bold and enduring determinant of identity, race, culture, citizenship, belonging, privilege, deprivation, athletic superiority, and nationhood.

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Lawrence Hill: Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including the national bestseller "Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada"; and "Some Great Thing." He also co-authored, with Joshua Key, "The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq."