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Atlantic Books, Limited, Aug 25, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages
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The world's greatest contrarian confronts his own death in this brave and unforgettable book.

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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Myself, I love the imagery of struggle. - Goodreads
Hitch was a writer, to his core. - Goodreads
Boy I miss his writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - stuart10er - LibraryThing

Wonderful last set of writings, unfinished at the end, of his process on viewing cancer, his life in context, his relationship to life as an atheist, all while he was being slowly killed both by the cancer in his throat and the side effects of the treatment. Very thought provoking and insightful. Read full review

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User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

This was like walking in on the final act of some grand production. Walking in on Romeo dooming himself as Juliet awakes. The last cries of 'Jack! Rose!' as the Leocicle drops into the icy Atlantic ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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