Everyone is mortal, but we rarely stop to consider what mortality means. We are often uncomfortable or avoidant when it comes to the idea of death and take fundamental parts of our lives for granted. What is more, cancer research is still primitive and hampered by religious taboos. All in all, as a society, we need to pay closer attention to the questions that mortality and terminal diseases such as cancer elicit.
Mortality (2012) presents a collection of essays written by Christopher Hitchens, a journalist, author, literary critic and political activist who focused on the topics of religion, science and atheism, after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. In Mortality, you’ll explore fundamental questions addressing death and life, the nature of pain and how we cope with them.
I would recommend this book to people curious about questions of mortality, cancer patients or anyone struggling with a potentially terminal illness, and to religious leaders or anyone examining faith in the face of disease.