Final Hitchens Book to Hit Shelves Next Year

Morality is based on cancer struggle
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2011 3:26 PM CST
FILE - Essayist Christopher Hitchens speaks during a debate on Iraq and the foreign policies of the United States and Britain, in this Sept. 14, 2005 file photo taken in New York.   (AP Photo/Chad Rachman)
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(Newser) – For fans of Christopher Hitchens, one final book. A memoir entitled Mortality will be released in early 2012; it's based on a series of articles the journalist wrote for Vanity Fair describing his battle with esophageal cancer, reports the Guardian. A spokesman noted that the book had been in the works for some time. Hitchens asserted in his final column for Vanity Fair, "Before I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer a year and a half ago, I rather jauntily told the readers of my memoirs that when faced with extinction I wanted to be fully conscious and awake, in order to 'do' death in the active and not the passive sense." (Read more Christopher Hitchens stories.)

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