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Mortality (English Edition) par [Hitchens, Christopher]
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"Dealing unflinchingly with bodily ravagement, reflecting on life's beauty and remaining rakish about his ideological foes, Hitchens proves that great writers are truly immortal."―People, 4-star review

"Remarkable . . . The book's power lies in its simplicity, in its straightforward, intelligent documenting, its startling refusal of showiness or melodrama or grandeur....The great polemicist, essayist, conversationalist, provocateur, arguer, has done something extraordinary in this book. He has created yet another style, another mode, another way of being and thinking and dreaming, on his death bed; he has written in many ways an un-Hitchens-like book, eluding proclamations, resolutions, mastery, wit, at-easeness with opinion, in favor of unnerving directness, of harrowing documentation. He has allowed his dismantled confidence, his undoing to breathe, and to live in the pages, in a way that is startling and new and an achievement unlike his others, different in kind, yet equally ambitious and relentlessly honest."―Katie Roiphe,

"Like virtually everything he wrote over his long, distinguished career, diamond-hard and brilliant . . .vivid, heart-wrenching and haunting - messages in a bottle tossed from the deck of a sinking ship as its captain, reeling in agony and fighting through the fog of morphine, struggles to keep his engines going . . . a final, defiant, and well-reasoned defense of his non-God-fearingness . . . It is, however, sobering and grief-inducing to read this brave and harrowing account of his 'year of living dyingly' in the grip of an alien that succeeded where none of his debate opponents had in bringing him down."―Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review

"This trenchant, sassy, tragically posthumous little black book earns a proud spot on the end-of-life shelf, along with Julian Barnes' Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Joan Wickersham's The Suicide Index, Saul Bellow's Ravelstein, and Philip Roth's Everyman and Exit Ghost, to name just a few."―

"A book driven by his desire to look death squarely in the face and provoked by detractors who were certain he would turn to religion when confronted with it. He did not... [MORTALITY is] full of humility, a humility worthy of kings."―Newsday

"The melancholy irony of 'Mortality' is that it gave our best essayist - I can't think of someone who comes even close - the chance to grapple with the most intractable subject, to wrestle with the angel of death in a battle we will all have to lose at one time or another.....The voice is gone. The words remain."―The New York Daily News

"These essays are brave and fitting final words from a writer at the end of his journey."―Bookpage

"There are no clever pitches to diminish the horror vacui of oblivion. He offers no self-pity or special pleading. The book is tough-minded . . . poignant, but the poignancy is ours, not his."―Wall Street Journal

"Mortality is a crash course in lived philosophy....bracing."―Salon

"Stark and powerful... Hitchens's powerful voice compels us to consider carefully the small measures by which we live every day and to cherish them."―Publisher's Weekly (Starred)

"A jovially combative riposte to anyone who thought that death would silence master controversialist Hitchens."―Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"Mortality, the final book by Christopher Hitchens, the Anglo-American essayist, reporter, devout atheist and all-around intellectual troublemaker, won't be shelved in the travel section. But in a sense that's where it belongs, along with the best of the literary travel writers. Think George Orwell, one of Hitchens' heroes....Few writers wrote sharper sentences or treated words with more respect."―USA Today, "The 25 Big Books of Fall"

"Unsparingly blunt, rhetorically suave . . . It's rare that someone so powerfully writes of such deep connections between the death of intellectual ability and the decay of the body."―Boston Globe

"To the end, he produces sentences of startling beauty and precision . . . One of our best is gone, yet "Mortality" is a powerful and moving final utterance."―San Francisco Chronicle

"Mortality is not just for Hitchens' fans, but for all.... With almost unimaginable clarity, grace and wit, even for the master wordsmith we had grown used to. We see here a very warm and thoughtful human being. Poignant and deeply personal thoughts on the art of writing and the heartbreak of losing his unmistakable speaking voice during the course of treatment....The furthest thing from grim, Mortality is a gift. Not just from Christopher, but from Carol as well. Do pick it up."―Huffington Post

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 129 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1455502766
  • Editeur : Atlantic Books; Édition : Main (25 août 2012)
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Parce que philosopher, c'est apprendre à mourir...
Ce livre apporte une énergie étonnante, une possibilité de garder sa joie et sa dignité face à l'inévitable fin.
Aucun pathos, juste un homme.
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Because written at such a high level it goes beyond the drama or the morbid curiosity of someone's suffering. Because it will make you reflect on the fragility of life, on the power of love, and on one's integrity and strength of character. Because it will enrich you.
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This is a book that should be read. Whether like me you have been close to someone going through the same ordeal or like many of us who will experience the same, it is at the same time a form of catharsis and a preparation for what may come. As ever with his writing it is entertaining but more sadly it increases the feeling of loss that there will be no more.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A no-holds-barred discussion of dying 25 août 2012
Par Kirk McElhearn - Publié sur
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Christopher Hitchens never shied away from telling the truth - at least the truth as he saw it - and when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in June, 2010, he started "living dyingly," writing about his experiences with the illness. The stoicism with which he wrote, and the lucidity in the face of immanent death ("there is no stage 5"), go very well with the way Hitchens faced the rest of his life. Having only recently completed a memoir, Hitch 22, and on his book tour when he had symptoms which led to his diagnosis, Hitchens realized that he needed to tell the story of this cancer as he had just told the story of his life.

If you're familiar with Hitchens' writings, you'll certainly recognize the trenchant approach here to becoming a resident of "tumortown." In this brief book, composed of essays he wrote for Vanity Fair, Hitchens explains what it feels like to be dying, yet doesn't feel sorry for himself or for his lifestyle that may have contributed to his cancer. (His father died of the same cancer as well, so part may be genetic.)

You'll read this book in an hour or two, but you'll also want to come back to it from time to time. While the chapters are composed - these are articles, not journal entries - there is a spontaneity throughout them, as his condition worsens, and as hope seems to recede.

Hitchens again shows with his words that cut like scalpels that he was one of the finest voices of his generation, and we're not likely to see another like him for a very long time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Final, Perhaps Best, Creation From Christopher Hitchens 6 février 2015
Par Robert Bolton - Publié sur
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I had the pleasure of corresponding briefly with Christopher Hitchens a few years before he died, and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, I felt his death was a particularly painful loss for this world. Many of these essays are republished in slightly edited form from articles he wrote in Vanity Fair, but reading them now offered a new emotional meaning for me.

In them, while Hitchens remains politically sharp and critical of religion, there is also a deeper reflection that is not possible except when writing on the only subject that really matters: life itself. He describes what it was like being diagnosed with esophageal cancer (the same type that killed his father) that had metastasized before it was even discovered. Soon, he begins chemotherapy and in the process loses his hair, body mass, ability for physical intimacy, and strength. It is made most real in those moments he discusses losing even the ability to grow five o'clock shadow. The worst deprivation, however, is the intermittent loss of his voice. While he admits it is occasionally hard to think while a needle pumps strong poison into one's arm, he fortunately never lost his ability to write.

In total, there are seven previously published essays. Besides the first one announcing the cancer's early stages, the best essay in the collection is his one on Friedrich Nietzsche. It also happens to be the last one he published before he died. After that, the book includes some final, random jottings; little bits of fleece he shed here and there that were collected into a fine coat. The last writing in the book comes from Carol Blue, his wife of many years, and she reveals a side of him that many did not get to see.

I cannot say this is a book I enjoyed reading because it was born from the death of a very fine man. It is, however, the best tombstone a man of his talents could offer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 " by one of my favorite authors, Christopher Hitchens 12 août 2016
Par jmills1237 - Publié sur
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This week, I read an autobiography entitled, "MORTALITY," by one of my favorite authors, Christopher Hitchens. This biography held a bit of a strange format for me, because it was written from the point of view of a prominent atheist writer/columnist that had just been diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer. The (admittedly short) biography that would follow was full of humility, admittance of mortality, and wry humor. Anyone who knows Hitchens work knows that he was a commanding orator, as well as a staggering (and oft times acerbic) conductor of the English language.
This book bleakly depicts his swift acquiesce to the disease. Painfully, it points out his loss of speech, ability to form a collective thought, and eventual loss of ability to write altogether. He sees the irony in this: "the blasphemous atheist stricken with throat cancer," etc, etc. But what I found most compelling about this book was the very last chapter. The last chapter is filled with his notes on how the book came to be. An idea scribbled between agonizing treatments or glad-handed meetings. Seeds planted in an ailing mind. No paragraph is longer than two sentences. Having been a first hand spectator to cancer, I can attest to the 'wide eyed' energy that comes to the patient in short waves. To me, it was an easy reminder of my own humanity to read these notes, and see their cohesiveness slip as time progressed.
Hitchens, who died peacefully at a hospice facility on 12/15/2011 (my 26th birthday) argued that atheism gave us a sense of urgency. Our actions do not, in fact echo in eternity; so it is always up to us to be fair minded, philanthropic, and always skeptical citizens in a world that tries to make us anything but. Nothing is guaranteed, so do the most you can with what you have, while you can. Hitchens never apologized for the lifestyle that likely led to his cancer, nor does he blame any deity for it's heredity (his father died of the same malady.)
One review called this book a "crash course in humanity." I call it a rare glimpse into a person that really dives into their fate, and unflinchingly tries to convey appreciation for the beauty of living a fully cognizant life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A short, compelling read 22 avril 2014
Par David Colorado Sellon - Publié sur
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You don't have to be a Hitchens fan, or subscribe to his antitheist beliefs, to appreciate this brief account of his final, fatal illness. He manages to vividly describe the most horrific and painful aspects of his cancer and treatment without sounding the least bit whiney. You can finish the book in just one or two sittings -- and you probably will, as his prose draws you in and keeps you turning the pages. Hitchens' writing was always descriptive and succinct, but I got the sense that in what he knew was likely to be his final published work, he got right to the point using as few words as possible, knowing that his time was short. What's impressive is that, unlike many authors, he also respects the reader's time enough to craft his work in this way. We get some degree of insight into the process thanks to his widow's decision to include the 8th and final chapter, which is not finished work product but rather a series of notes he made to himself as he worked, that formed the basis for the taut prose of the final draft. Reading just his notes, knowing that he died before he could finish the book, reminds us that he really did leave us too early... that he had more to do, wasn't finished with life. I already miss his next book, which of course I'll never get to read because he never got to write it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Atheist Transcendent, the final chapter to Hitch-22 25 août 2012
Par Russell H. Davy - Publié sur
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Other reviewers have already made comment on this book's overall structure. This is a fine reprinting of Hitch's award-winning essays as he approached his final hour, so there is no new information in most of the book. In his inimitable way, he draws you in not only with his fine prose, but his humanity. You can't help but feel pathos in this work. And where the emotion ends, he lines up the last words and wisdom of so many other literary figures as evidence for his case on "dying livingly."

What makes this book worthy to add to your bookshelf is the final chapter, the unpublished scribblings of Hitchens which give us a window not only into his final thoughts, but perhaps how the master crafted his essays...first as an idea, then a polished quip or two. For me, these classic one-liners and Hitch-slaps are worth the price of the book. The final tribute, by his wife Carol, gives us more insight into the private man than he allowed himself in his memoir, Hitch-22. If there is one error, it was made by Hitchens himself, who lamented that he might not live to write the obituaries of his villains--Kissinger and Pope Benedict. In fact, he had already done so in his canon of work, from "The Trial of Henry Kissinger" to "god is Not Great." In these works, he managed to in fact, have the final word on Kissinger, Catholicism, and many other sacred cows that are "dead enough"--as he might have quipped. He now joins the pantheon--pardon the word--of past great critics, from Twain to Mencken. For the literate, he will always live on. Overall, A moving, swift read that will linger in your mind long after the last page.
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