The Art of Death

The Art of Death

Writing the Final Story

Book - 2017
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A moving reflection on a subject that touches us all, by the bestselling author of Claire of the Sea Light

Edwidge Danticat's The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story is at once a personal account of her mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other writers have approached death in their own work. "Writing has been the primary way I have tried to make sense of my losses," Danticat notes in her introduction. "I have been writing about death for as long as I have been writing." The book moves outward from the shock of her mother's diagnosis and sifts through Danticat's writing life and personal history, allthe while shifting fluidly from examples that range from Gabriel Garc#65533;a M#65533;rquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude to Toni Morrison's Sula. The narrative, which continually circles the many incarnations of death from individual to large-scale catastrophes, culminates in a beautiful, heartrending prayer in the voice of Danticat's mother. A moving tribute and a work of astute criticism, The Art of Death is a book that will profoundly alter all who encounter it.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781555977771
Branch Call Number: 809.9335 DANTICA
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 18 cm.


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Mar 15, 2018

I absolutely LOVE this book. As an English and philosophy student, I find the subject of death is often dramatized. Over-dramatization minimizes the experience of death (just like the same writing practices do to 'love'), thereby distorting it. The book is a collection of comments about death from literature. Saves me all the work of having to read all the books referred to and just get the basics on the subject.
Very well done. I'd definitely recommend it.

Jan 15, 2018

A difficult book to describe - part memoir, part deep & careful thinking (a meditation?) about death, and part analysis of how Danticat and others write about death - but, all in all, a very beautiful book. I have always admired Danticat's writing, especially "Brother, I'm Dying" and "Breath, Eyes, Memory", but this little volume, especially her stories and memories of her mother, makes me love Edwidge Danticat & her work even more.


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