Christopher Hitchens experienced the deadly drip of dying over 18 months "with the banal, quotidian hospital and medical practices that remind people of state-sponsored torture." His posthumously published memoir Mortality is a journal of that pain, Lorenzo Milam writes: Here we find Hitchens looking at the cancer and his pending death with a practiced, critical eye, managing all the while to win our hearts with his lack of honied sentiment, avoiding the usual soppiness that most of us call up when we or those close to us are dying.
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