Mortality

Mortality

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By (author) Christopher Hitchens

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 10mm | 356g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848879237
  • ISBN 13: 9781848879232
  • Sales rank: 43,585

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During the American book tour for his memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens collapsed in his hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest. 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.' Over the next year he experienced the full force of modern cancer treatment. Mortality is at once an unsparingly honest account of the ravages of his disease, an examination of cancer etiquette, and the coda to a lifetime of fierce debate and peerless prose. In this moving personal account of illness, Hitchens confronts his own death - and he is combative and dignified, eloquent and witty to the very last.

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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a columnist for Slate. He was the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, George Orwell, Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as his international bestseller and National Book Award nominee, god Is Not Great. His memoir, Hitch-22, was nominated for the Orwell Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Such is the breadth of reference in this book that even experts are bound to come across numerous things they didn't know --Observer A compressed but lucid journey through 2,500 years of philosophy --Financial Times Does a remarkable job of summarising even the most fiendishly complicated philosophy --Irish Examiner