His unworldly fluency never deserted him, his commitment was passionate, and he never deserted his trade. He was the consummate writer, the brilliant friend. In Walter Pater's famous phrase, he burned 'with this hard gem-like flame.' Right to the end. -- Ian McEwan Hitchens's voice remains civilised, searching and ready to vanquish all his enemies -- Colm Tobin A trenchant, learned, iconoclastic and splendidly witty commentator on public life and, as here, on his own private triumphs and travails... unremittingly elegant, a master of graceful prose -- John Banville Mortality by Christopher Hitchens is an inspiring, astonishingly candid and ultimately heartbreaking account of one man's battle with cancer. And not just any man... a brilliant contrary mind, wonderful writer, world-class debater and extremely dangerous luncher. This book, featuring the articles he wrote for Vanity Fair while he was dying, will make you laugh, fume and cry in equal measure. -- Piers Morgan Mail on Sunday Books of the Year Characteristic of his elegant wit: philosophical, literary, ironic, sardonic, reflective and resentful The Times Hitchens's account of his climb to extinction is Larkinesque, and not only because his sentences stay in the mind as firmly as good poetry. Literary Review Hitchens's traditional strengths - his mastery of irony, his range of reference, his contempt for euphemism - are all in evidence here but there is a timeless, aphoristic quality to these essays that distinguishes them from his writings on politics and literature. New Statesman Apart from the obvious sense of denoument, what makes [Hitchens's] last seven essays so potent... is their struggle towards the shattering of illusion... The true struggle of his last writings is to remain himself, deep in the country of the ill, for as long as he can. Observer Witty, thoughtful and refreshingly irritable Evening Standard Shocking, intimate and astute, Mortality is a memoir like no other Irish IndependentRezension:
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
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Buchbeschreibung Atlantic Books Sep 2013, 2013. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 198x128x4 mm. Neuware - The final book from the late Hitchens, in which he describes the ravages of his disease and confronts his own death, now in paperback. Includes a foreword by Graydon Carter, editor of 'Vanity Fair', and an afterword by Carol Blue, Hitchen's widow. A 'Sunday Times' bestseller in hardback. 'The culture no longer throws up people like Hitch. He has no equal in contemporary Anglo American letters.' Jason Cowley, 'Financial Times' 128 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781848879232