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Diary of Our Fatal Illness
by Charles Bardes
University of Chicago Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-226-46816-7 | Paper: 978-0-226-46802-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3602.A775265D53 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This moving prose poem tells the story of an aged man who suffers a prolonged and ultimately fatal illness. From initial diagnosis to remission to relapse to death, the experience is narrated by the man’s son, a practicing doctor. Charles Bardes, a physician and poet, draws on years of experience with patients and sickness to construct a narrative that links myth, diverse metamorphoses, and the modern mechanics of death. We stand with the doctors, the family, and, above all, a sick man and his disease as their voices are artfully crafted into a new and powerful language of illness.

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