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And Yet...: Essays

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Simon & Schuster. Very Good. 25 x 17cm. Hardcover. 2015. 352 pages. <br>America's foremost rhetorical pugilist. -John Giuf fo, The Village Voice The death of Christopher Hitchens in Decem ber 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most adm ired of contemporary writers. For more than forty years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of t he Essay, posthumously bestowed on Hitchens, praised him for the way he wrote with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathe d. He could write, the judges went on to say, with undisguised br io, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every pos sibility of color and inflection. He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, hi s editor at The Atlantic magazine, recalled, slashing and lively, biting and funny-and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ea r that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near p hotographic memory of English poetry. And as Michael Dirda, writi ng in the Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens was a fla il and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere. The aut hor of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international bestseller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nea rly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Y et... assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens's oeuv re. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns , a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including e ssays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie , Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking makeover. The range and quality of Hitchens's essay s transcend the particular occasions for which they were original ly written. Often prescient, always pugnacious, and formidably le arned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumo us volume, his reputation and his readers will continue to grow. Christopher Hitchens was the cartographer of his own literary an d political explorations. He sought assiduously to affirm-and to reaffirm-the ideas of secularism, reason, libertarianism, interna tionalism, and solidarity, values always under siege and ever in need of defending. Henry James once remarked, Nothing is my last word on anything. For Hitchens, as for James, there was always mo re to be said. Editorial Reviews An Amazon Best Book of Decembe r 2015: What a tragic irony that in this era of surreptitious vid eotaping, political posturing and runaway media, we no longer hav e the brilliant Christopher Hitchens to decipher it all for us. T he award-winning essayist (many say polemicist and mean it as a c ompliment) died of esophageal cancer in 2011. But if we can only speculate as to what Hitchens would have to say about the world i n 2015, we at least can read these collected essays, some already published, some not - at his death, it is said that he left near ly 250,000 words of as-yet-unpublished essays. Whether old or new to us, the pieces collected here are funny and wry and searingly intelligent; not a single nuance or nanosecond of phoniness slip s by Hitch. Whether analyzing the romanticization of revered Cuba n revolutionary leader Che Guevara, or remarking that the conserv ative pundit Pat Buchanan is a faux bonhomme, Hitchens quietly as tounds us still with his characteristic combination of erudition and commonality. Reading Hitchens was always a wry, witty pleasur e; now that he's gone, it's more like having a wonderful dream, a nocturnal visit from a beloved, brilliant friend. --Sara Nelson Review Praise for And Yet... Christopher Hitchens is sorely mis sed, And Yet..., reading his new book - a bounty of famous scalps , thunder-blasted targets, and a few love letters - is such a pow erful reminder of the late V.F. contributing editor and notorious provocateur in chief's erudite and scathing assessments of Ameri can culture,it's almost as if he's here. - Vanity Fair Just as w ith rock bands that seem to have done more farewell tours than pr e-farewell performances, there's probably more in the vault-but i n this case, that's a very good thing indeed. - Kirkus Reviews A very good new collection... The best reason to read AND YET... m ay be its inclusion of a three-part essay, 'On the Limits of Self -Improvement,' that Mr. Hitchens wrote for Vanity Fair about tryi ng to get himself in shape. It is as hilarious as it is wise, and I predict it will be published before long as its own pocket-siz e book... The moment when Mr. Hitchens undergoes the male version of a Brazilian bikini wax... has yet to be recognized, but surel y will be, as among the funniest passages in this country's liter ature. -The New York Times In this volume one is given a model o f how to be a thoughtful journalist. Today, four years after his death, Hitchens is correctly seen as a writer who was unafraid to swim against the tide, even to the point of being politically in correct... All in all, another great book of essays from a writer who we wish were still alive to produce more copy. -National Rev iew Praise for Christopher Hitchens: The essays in 'Arguably' r emind us of other dimensions to this singular writer and thinker that are sometimes overshadowed by the range of his political com mentary. Though there are plenty of essays on politics to be foun d here, the book also treats us to other arrows in Hitchens' prov erbial quiver, including his bracing, exhilarating approach to im portant literary figures...Its value is clear and needs no justif ication. And since his diagnosis of esophageal cancer last year, opportunities to hear him, understandably, have been fewer. Which is another thing 'Arguably' inadvertently addresses - for in rea ding this collection of his thoughts, immersing yourself in the p articular turns of phrase and associations of Hitchens' wit, you suddenly realize something else: You're hearing his voice again.- Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times Christopher Hitchens's selected e ssays are Arguably (Twelve) his finest to date.-Vanity Fair One reads him [Hitchens] despite his reputation as someone who wants to drink, argue, and tear the ornaments off the tree, because he is, first and last, a writer, an always exciting, often exacting, furious polemicist. This fact, the most salient thing about him, often gets neglected in the public jousting. Arguably, Hitchens' s new collection, forcefully proves this point. Consisting of thr ee kinds of writing - literary journalism, political commentary, and cultural complaint - Arguably offers a panoramic if somewhat jaundiced view of the last decade or so of cultural and political history.-The Boston Globe Opinions are to Christopher Hitchens what oil is to Saudi Arabia. This collection, featuring his livel iest, funniest and most infamous essays....There is a time for th e balanced, even-handed and sober approach - but why bother with any of that when you could be reading someone as provocative and impish as Hitchens?-The New York Post <u5:p></u5:p><u5:p></u5:p> Arguably the best-and certainly the most prolific-essayist Brita in has produced since George Orwell. -Andrew Anthony, The Observe r A rare blend of elements: the buoyant and the serious, the str eetwise and the learned, the crude joking of the pub and 'the cut glass Oxford tones' of civilized debate. -David Castronovo, Comm onweal About the Author Christopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, in England and graduated from Balliol College at Oxford Uni versity. The father of three children, he was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including collections of essays, criticism, and reportage. His book God Is Not Great: How Religio n Poisons Everything was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Aw ard and an international bestseller. His bestselling memoir, Hitc h-22, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Aw ard for autobiography. The New York Times named his bestselling o mnibus Arguably one of the ten best books of the year. A visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City, he was also the I.F. Stone professor at the Graduate School of J ournalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a col umnist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, N ew Statesman, World Affairs, and Free Inquiry, among other public ations. Following his death, Yoko Ono awarded him the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace. .


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