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The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness
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The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness (Paperback)

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2020

WINNER OF THE WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2020

FINALIST FOR THE PEN / JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD 2020





'Profound and unforgettable' Sally Rooney

'A classic . . . I have long thought of Boyer as a genius' Patricia Lockwood

'An outraged, beautiful, and brilliant work of embodied critique' Ben Lerner

'Some of the most perceptive and beautiful writing about illness and pain that I have ever read' Hari Kunzru



Blending memoir with critique, an award-winning poet and essayist's devastating exploration of sickness and health, cancer and the cancer industry, in the modern world



A week after her 41st birthday, Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living payslip to payslip, the condition was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness.



In The Undying - at once her harrowing memoir of survival, and a 21st-century Illness as Metaphor - Boyer draws on sources from ancient Roman dream diarists to cancer vloggers to explore the experience of illness. She investigates the quackeries, casualties and ecological costs of cancer under capitalism, and dives into the long line of women writing about their own illnesses and deaths, among them Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker and Susan Sontag.



Genre-bending, devastating and profoundly humane, The Undying is an unmissably insightful meditation on cancer, the cancer industry and the sicknesses and glories of contemporary life.

BiographyMemoirsHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyCoping with personal problemsCoping with illnessPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspects Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 08/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9780141990859  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Anne Boyer is a U.S. poet and essayist. In 2018 she was the inaugural winner of the Cy Twombly Award for Poetry and the recipient of a Whiting Award in non-fiction/poetry. Her books include A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018) as well as several volumes of poetry, including The Romance of Happy Workers (2008) and the CLMP Firecracker Award-winning Garments Against Women (2016). She was the Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University for 2018-2019. She lives is Kansas City, Missouri.

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