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Atlantic Books Limited, Aug 25, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 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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User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

What a man...sorely missed...I sure wish I could have seen him in person,and had him sign my books...he'll piss you off...he'll challenge you...he'll make you think,and he'll certainly make you laugh ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Theiss - Goodreads

Hitchens faces death with a wicked wit and a defiant, unapologetic atheism. Far from morbid, this book faces death in daylight with humor and honesty. Let me put it another way: living as I do with a ... Read full review

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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