And Yet ... by Christopher Hitchens

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Read And Yet ... Online Free - The death of Christopher Hitchens in December 2011 prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary writers. For more than forty years, Hitchens delivered to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic essays that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. The judges for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, posthumously bestowed on Hitchens, praised him for the way he wrote “with fervor about the books and writers he loved and with unbridled venom about ideas and political figures he loathed.” He could write, the judges went on to say, with “undisguised brio, mining the resources of the language as if alert to every possibility of color and inflection.” He was, as Benjamin Schwarz, his editor at The Atlantic magazine, recalled, “slashing and lively, biting and funny—and with a nuanced sensibility and a refined ear that he kept in tune with his encyclopedic knowledge and near photographic memory of English poetry.” And as Michael Dirda, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, observed, Hitchens “was a flail and a scourge, but also a gift to readers everywhere.”

The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international bestseller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet… assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens’s oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking “makeover.” The range and quality of Hitchens’s essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written. Often prescient, always pugnacious, and formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, his reputation and his readers will continue to grow.

Christopher Hitchens was the cartographer of his own literary and political explorations. He sought assiduously to affirm—and to reaffirm—the ideas of secularism, reason, libertarianism, internationalism, and solidarity, values always under siege and ever in need of defending. Henry James once remarked, “Nothing is my last word on anything.” For Hitchens, as for James, there was always more to be said.

Title : And Yet ...
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ISBN : 1476772061
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Perry rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2016

In Contrast ... I loved the primary collection of Hitchens' essays Arguably. It's probably my favorite collection of essays of all time, certainly by anyone in the past half century. What a brilliant mind. In contrast, the essays in and yet... are the Hitchens essays and articles not chosen for "Ar...

Ana rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2016

Forget Jesus, Hitchens needs to come back. As always, a profoundly intelligent collection of essays, written in typical Hitchens style, with the sarcasm and cinicism and objective ability of the journalist that he is (I refuse to refer to him using past terms). Every praise on him is redundant -...

Ben rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2015

Hitchens at his best. He makes you think more, learn more, question and laugh more. He makes you look many things and people up, to fill the holes in your knowledge, and attack the weaknesses or contradictions of your opinions. He makes you want to live better, and bigger, and never let your curi...

Mary rated it ★★★☆☆

July 07, 2017

I’m amused by Hitchens and what I see as his contradictions and obsessions, really. Maybe that’s why I’m not a successful debater or essayist. They have to really care about the darndest particular things to illustrate their themes. For Hitchens, it was hypocrisy, ignorance, getting to the truth,...

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2015

It's hard to believe that Christopher Hitchens has been dead since 2011. A new collection of his uncollected essays, And Yet... (2015), from publications like Slate, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, among others has recently been published. I have probably read most of the entries from Slate, but most...

Sam rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2017

Christopher Hitchens, who died in 2011, was an essayist (or polemecist if you prefer) probably best known for his anti-religion screed God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (which I have previously reviewed). Like his hero George Orwell, Hitchens was a man of the political left whose...

Joe rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2017

So I need to begin by admitting that I did not read every essay in this collection, but I hope to return to those I skipped over. For certainly one of Hitchens' great strengths was his prolificity. This collection includes a diatribe against Christmas that was published nine days after his death....

Ben rated it ★★★☆☆

July 27, 2016

This posthumous collection of the great polemicist's essays and articles is full of provocative insights on culture and politics. He was often wrong, and he was sometimes obnoxious, but with the force of his convinctions and eloquence of his prose he was among the most impressive advocates of lib...

April rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2016

I have been savouring this book for some time. It is the last book of his that I will read and that comes with a certain sadness. Over the years I have played a game with myself called the Dinner Party. I would imagine 8 people I would invite for dinner if I could choose from anyone, living or de...

Richard rated it ★★★★★

April 30, 2017

As an admirer of Christopher Hitchens' work, this collection of essays which were primarily reviews is essential reading. You cannot have finished this book without being better informed and stimulated to read more of Hitchens' work as well as the people and books he writes about. I found it diff...

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