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Title:Mortality
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Publisher:Twelve
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Number of Pages:104
Category:Biography, Non fiction, Atheism, Philosophy, Biography memoir

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Mortality On June while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir i Hitch i Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax As he would later write in the first of a series of award winning columns for Vanity Fair he suddenly found himself being deported from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady Over the next eighteen months until his death in Houston on December he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis .

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion preferring to confront death with both eyes open In this account of his affliction he describes the torments of illness discusses its taboos and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us By turns personal and philosophical Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death

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Mortality, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, Why Orwell Matters, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Letters to a Young Contrarian, Arguably: Selected Essays, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, Hitch-22: A Memoir, The Trial of Henry Kissinger
On June while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir i Hitch i Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax As he would later write in the first of a series of award winning columns for Vanity Fair he suddenly found himself being deported from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady Over the next eighteen months until his death in Houston on December he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis br br Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion preferring to confront death with both eyes open In this account of his affliction he describes the torments of illness discusses its taboos and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us By turns personal and philosophical Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death, The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since i Arguably i offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers widely admired for the clarity of his style a result of his disciplined and candid thinking br br Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J G Ballard from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti Semitism and jihad Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx br br The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture and how the latter prompts the former In this fashion i Arguably i burnishes Christopher Hitchens credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language, In the book that he was born to write provocateur and best selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals gadflies mavericks rebels angry young wo men and dissidents Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways This book explores the entire range of contrary positions from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society He understands the importance of disagreement to personal integrity to informed discussion to true progress heck to democracy itself Epigrammatic spunky witty in your face timeless and timely this book is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian, In this widely acclaimed biographical essay Christopher Hitchens assesses the life the achievements and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell In true emulative and contrarian style Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive sympathetic yet critical taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem Answering both the detractors and the false claimants Hitchens tears down the fa ade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism empire feminism and Englishness as well as his outlook on America a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence br br Whether thinking about empires or dictators race or class nationalism or popular culture Orwell s moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death Combining the best of Hitchens s polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today but how he will continue to matter in a future uncertain world br br Christopher Hitchens one of the most incisive minds of our own age meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit contention and moral truth