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Publisher Comments:

Christopher Hitchens was on a book tour for his memoir Hitch-22 when he discovered he had cancer of the esophagus, an episode described with characteristic wit and candor in a series of articles he wrote for Vanity Fair. In these essays, for which Hitchens was given the National Magazine Award, he describes his struggle not only with the disease but with its meaning to his friends and supporters, as well as his critics and detractors.

Both elegant and moving, these columns display insight and bravery, wrote the National Magazine Award judges. Christopher Hitchens is the best writer in the worst of times, and we are grateful for him.

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"In June 2010, journalist and author Christopher Hitchens was touring the U.S. to promote his memoir Hitch-22 when he suffered from the first symptoms of what would ultimately be diagnosed as esophageal cancer. Until his death in December 2011, Hitchens would continue to write about politics, culture, and his terminal illness. Adapted from a series of Vanity Fair columns, the author's last book turns his acidic insights toward his own emotions as he copes with inevitability: 'Will I really not live to see my children married? To watch the World Trade Center rise again? To read — if not indeed to write — the obituaries of elderly villains like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?' Narrator Simon Prebble turns in a fine performance. Yet, it's incongruous to hear Hitchens's incisive words without the authenticity and strength of his voice. As a speaker, Hitchens was magnetic and it's doubtful that any performer, no matter how strong, could truly capture the force of his presence. Perhaps appropriately, this audio edition, written but not read by Hitchens, simply feels incomplete. A Twelve hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9781619691889
Author:
Hitchens, Christopher
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Author:
Hitchens, Christopher
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In June 2010, journalist and author Christopher Hitchens was touring the U.S. to promote his memoir Hitch-22 when he suffered from the first symptoms of what would ultimately be diagnosed as esophageal cancer. Until his death in December 2011, Hitchens would continue to write about politics, culture, and his terminal illness. Adapted from a series of Vanity Fair columns, the author's last book turns his acidic insights toward his own emotions as he copes with inevitability: 'Will I really not live to see my children married? To watch the World Trade Center rise again? To read — if not indeed to write — the obituaries of elderly villains like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?' Narrator Simon Prebble turns in a fine performance. Yet, it's incongruous to hear Hitchens's incisive words without the authenticity and strength of his voice. As a speaker, Hitchens was magnetic and it's doubtful that any performer, no matter how strong, could truly capture the force of his presence. Perhaps appropriately, this audio edition, written but not read by Hitchens, simply feels incomplete. A Twelve hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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