When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

Paperback (05 Jan 2017) | English

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Synopsis

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

'A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite. Obligatory reading for the living' Nigella Lawson

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017

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Vintage

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Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784701994
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 617.48092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 86
Number of pages: xix, 228
Weight: 184g
Height: 131mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 16mm