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  • Published: 8 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529110944
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

When Breath Becomes Air




A beautiful new edition of a perennial classic - ten of the best books ever written, reissued to celebrate 30 years of VINTAGE

On the occasion of VINTAGE's 30th anniversary rediscover the ten bestselling Vintage Classics of all time in beautiful new editions...
THE CLASSIC NOVEL FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING TONI MORRISON
‘A triumph’ Margaret Atwood

It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single wordBeloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison’s enduring masterpiece.
Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

  • Pub date: 8 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529110944
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Paul Kalanithi

PAUL KALANITHI was a neurosurgeon and writer. He held degrees in English literature, human biology, and history and philoso­phy of science and medicine from Stanford and Cambridge universities before graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He also received the American Academy of Neu­rological Surgery’s highest award for research.

His reflections on doctoring and illness have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review Daily.

Kalanithi died in March 2015, aged 37. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.


Praise for When Breath Becomes Air

“[Beloved] has left the realm of fiction and become a force of nature”

Guardian

“There is something great in Beloved: a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you”

New Yorker

“Toni Morrison has created a frightening, beautiful and intensely exciting novel about America and its past. I am not able to think of a better one”

London Review of Books

“A work of genuine force… Beautifully written”

Washington Post

“Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don’t seem to come close to explaining her”

Guardian


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