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July 6th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Because reminders of mortality accentuate pleasure

Very nicely justified summer read over at The Guardian by Alain de Botton, recommending The Death of Ivan Illich by Leo Tolstoy:

‘A powerful if slightly morbid summer read (but only 120 pages long), this tells of the decline and death of a Russian civil servant. It is a terrifying book, the literary equivalent of receiving the news that the dark shading across your liver is, unfortunately, the worst possible of the 12 scenarios you’d Googled. Why is this good on holiday? Because reminders of mortality tend to accentuate pleasure.’

July 6th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

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