And Yet…: Essays (2015) – New Book by Christopher Hitchens

About the Author

Christopher Eric Hitchens (1949 - 2011)

Christopher Eric Hitchens (1949 - 2011)

Writer, essayist, columnist, literary critic, reviewer, journalist, professor of liberal studies, polemicist, debater...

Alumnus of Balliol College at Oxford University, where he engaged in protests against The Vietnam War and met one of the most influential people in his life – Peter Sedgwick (a noble remnant of the libertarian left). Self-described Marxist, anti-theist and secularist. Outspoken critic of religion and totalitarianism, who coined the phrase: Fascism with an Islamic face. Supporter of The Iraq and Falklands War and US intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proponent of the self-governing state for the Kurds and advocate for abolition of The (British) Monarchy. Admirer of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and George Orwell.

One of the most active writers and journalist of our time. Traveller, who visited countries like Cuba, Iran, Iraq or North Korea. The Hitch experienced (and wrote articles about) what it is like to undergo Brazilian bikini wax or waterboarding.

Hitchens was well-known for his confrontational style and targets of his critic included figures such as Mother Teresa (for her warm endorsement of the Duvalier regime in Haiti), Vladimir Putin (KGB thug), The Dalai Lama (for his realpolitik defence of the Indian thermonuclear tests), Bill Clinton (who destroyed Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory, because he needed to look presidential), Henry Kissinger (stupendous liar with a remarkable memory), Michael Moore (for being vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant), Ronald Reagan (showing sympathy for fascism), Noam Chomsky (for representing Slobodan Milošević as the victim), Michael Bloomberg (micro-megalomaniac and control freak) and also George W. Bush (who is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things).

Hitchens gets waterboarded

22 comments from The Hitch

Collections of Essays already published

Published Books (without this one)

Years lived

About the Book

This book is the sixth collection of essays by prolific author Christopher Hitchens. The former five were… Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports (1988), For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports (1993), Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere (2000), Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays (2004) and Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens (2011). Last one turned into international bestseller, was considered one of the New York Times Best Books of the Year and also won The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

But even after previously mentioned books, Hitchens allegedly left us with 250,000 words of essays that were not been published in book form yet. 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 people like George Orwell, Mikhail Lermontov, G. K. Chesterton, Ian Fleming, V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, and Charles 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.

Number of pages (Hardcover)

Which versions of the book would be available and when?

Paper Book

Hardcover (CAN)- November 24, 2015
Hardcover (GBR) – January 7, 2016
Paperback – January 7, 2016

eBook formats

iBooks – November 24, 2015
Kindle version, PDF, ePub, Nook and IBA are also available

Audiobook

iTunes – November 24, 2015
Narrated by Steve West

Praise

“Nothing Hitchens does is ever boring.”

Annaka Harris

Author of I Wonder

“His unworldly fluency never deserted him, his commitment was passionate, and he never deserted his trade… If Hitchens didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be able to invent him.”

Ian McEwan

Author of Atonement

“Christopher Hitchens is was the greatest living essayist in the English language.”

Christopher Buckley

Author of Thank You for Smoking

“Christopher Hitchens is a remarkable commentator. He jousts with fraudulence of every stripe and always wins. I regret he has only one life, one mind, and one reputation to put at the service of my country.”

Joseph Heller

Author of Catch-22

“Christopher Hitchens, finest orator of our time… His witty repartee, his ready-access store of historical quotations, his bookish eloquence, his effortless flow of well-formed and beautifully spoken words, would threaten your arguments even if you had good ones to deploy.”

Richard Dawkins

Author of The God Delusion

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