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Mortality

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
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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.

Allen & Unwin; September 2012
144 pages; ISBN 9781742695198
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Title: Mortality
Author: Christopher Hitchens
 
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This is some of Hitchens' best work. His powerful writing, but without the showy flourishes he occasionally indulged in. It is simply the last thoughts of a dying man. What makes it especially poignant to me (I have cancer myself) is the humor with which he describes his reactions and tretments. I have sat in my treatment room and laughed at his comments about things i've experienced myself. I recommend it.

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