The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Inevitable What is death and how does it touch upon life? Twenty writers look for answers.
- Published: 22 March 2011
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393339369 ISBN 10: 039333936X
- Sales rank: 418,295
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Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn't. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact, among them Geoff Dyer, who describes ghost bikes in memory of those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan Safran Foer, proposing a new way of punctuating dialogue in the face of a family history of heart attacks and decimation by the Holocaust; Mark Doty, whose reflections on the art-porn movie Bijou lead to a meditation on the intersection of sex and death epitomised by the AIDS epidemic; and Joyce Carol Oates, who writes about the loss of her husband and faces her own mortality. Other contributors include Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Peter Straub, Brenda Hillman and Terry Castle.