The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story

The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story

At once a personal account of Edwidge Danticat's mother and a deeply considered reckoning of how to write about death, The Art of Death moves outward from her mother's cancer diagnosis and sifts through Danticat's writing life. Danticat circles the many forms death takes, shifting fluidly from examples that range from Toni Morrison's Sula to Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, to deliver a moving tribute and work of astute criticism that will profoundly alter all who encounter it.

Title:The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781555977771
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  • Ken

    One of those "tiny" books, dimension-wise, The Art of Death is a quick read. What art is there in dying, you ask? Well, Danticat is more about the literary treatment of death in all its manifestations...

  • David Dacosta

    It’s a monumental thing to lose your mother. Having that shared experience with Edwidge Danticat, this became an instant must read. Sure, the idea of a book, however brief, dedicated solely to the i...

  • Shirleen R

    4.25/5 on aesthetic narrative structural merits5/5 - on heart. what threads these disparate chapters together, written often for varying news and magazine outlets, is that Danticat processes her mothe...

  • Kathleen

    “It is, I learned over the course of my mother’s gradual decline, impossible to watch someone you love die and not feel the encroaching brush of death upon yourself. It’s as if death had entered...

  • Melora

    A surprisingly effective combination, this is both a memoir of the author's mother's death from cancer and an examination of the way different authors whose work she likes have depicted death. Conside...

  • Ellie

    Very moving book on--as said in the title--death. Only some of it pertains to actually how to write about it, although in some sense, of course, the writing of the book itself describes that.The book ...

  • S.W. Gordon

    This is my 8th Dandicot book and won't be my last. She is an amazing thinker and I enjoyed this all-to-brief glimpse into her mind. I'm still giggling about the "momoir" genre she mentioned. The bibli...

  • John

    An excellent, deeply moving resource for writers who wish to write about death and dying....

  • Wendy Golding

    I felt like a grad school professor reading my student's thesis or dissertation on the art of death. There are five pages of works cited. I give it an A+. As far as pleasure reading goes, though, I'd ...

  • Marc Nash

    I'm not sure how to review this. I disagree with so much of it, particularly its focus on the death of others (bereavement, grief) about which much literature already exists (some of which this provid...