Mortality Hardcover – May 2013

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Product Description Review 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 Tóbín 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 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 Independent About the Author 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 Thomas Paine 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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