Written by:
Christopher Hitchens
Narrated by:
Simon Prebble

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2012
2 hours 30 minutes
On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported 'from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady.' Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

Mortality is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.
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Derek D.

My favorite author and narrator of all time has been Christopher Hitchens. His cadence is impossible to mistake. I recently had a cancer scare of the esophagus, it reminded me of Hitch, so I checked to see if there was a piece of his work that I haven’t read/heard and I came across this title “Mortality”, so glad I got it. I went ahead and listened to it and purchased a copy online to add to the shelf. We miss you Hitch it was a beautiful ending Carol Blue. Thank you especially for sharing him with us.

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Travis Johnson

Essays concerning his fight with cancer. If you like his other work you will probably like this too. Hitch was soldier for reason all the way to the end.

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