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The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death

The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death

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By (author) David Shields, Edited by Bradford Morrow

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 22 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039333936X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393339369
  • Sales rank: 469,232

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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.

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David Shields's The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead was a The New York Times bestseller. The editor of Conjunctions, Bradford Morrow is the author of many books, including The Diviner's Tale.

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Starred Review. A wonderfully speculative patchwork quilt on the meaning of life and death. "