The Violet Hour
Paperback $22.99 - Hachette Australia
Writing,Language & Reference - Published: 13/Jun/2017 - ISBN: 9780349008530
From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes an arresting and wholly original account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter. The last days of five great thinkers, writers and artists - as they come to terms with the reality of approaching deathKatie Roiphe's extraordinary book is filled with intimate and surprising revelations. Susan Sontag, consummate public intellectual, finds her rational thinking tested during her third bout with cancer. Seventy-six year old John Updike's response to a fatal diagnosis is to begin a poem. Dylan Thomas's fatal collapse on the floor of a Greenwich Village tavern is preceded by a fortnight of almost suicidal excess. Sigmund Freud understands his hastening decline. Maurice Sendak shows his lifelong obsession with death in his beloved books.THE VIOLET HOUR - urgent and unsentimental - helps us to be less afraid in the face of death. Her technique is never anything less than insightful . . . on every page, she turns up something interesting, lets in some astonishing shaft of light. Her writing is elegant, cool, unforgettable - ObserverEngrossing . . . Such an immersive book is testament to her remarkable literary skills. This is an immensely sympathetic and satisfying read - Sunday TimesRoiphe is an acute reader and listener with antennae tuned to pick up every nuance, and to penetrate the meaning behind meaning - Daily MailEach essay reads like an intelligently speculative biography with the boring bits left out - Daily Telegraph Katie Roiphe is an important voice in non-fiction. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, Harper's and The New Yorker. She has also written widely for the UK press. From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes an arresting and wholly original account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter.
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