What It Means to Be A Human Being

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Baker & Taylor
Presents the author's reflections on his life and work after his diagnosis of lung cancer in 2014, describing his childhood in Sweden and his early career in Paris and Mozambique.

Random House UK Ltd

In January 2014 I was informed that I had cancer.

However, Quicksand is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. I have undertaken a journey from my childhood to the man I am today, writing about the key events in my life, and about the people who have given me new perspectives. About men and women I have never met, but wish I had.

I write about love and jealousy, about courage and fear. And about what it is like to live with a potentially fatal illness.

This book is also about why the cave painters 40,000 years ago chose the very darkest places for their fascinating pictures. And about the dreadful troll that we are trying to lock away inside the bedrock of a Swedish mountain for the next 100,000 years.

It is a book about how humanity has lived and continues to live, and about how I have lived and continue to live my own life.

And, not least, about the great zest for life, which came back when I managed to drag myself out of the quicksand that threatened to suck me down into the abyss.

& Taylor

The late activist and best-selling author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries explores in a sequence of intimate vignettes the myriad experiences of a life richly lived through his relationships and writings as evaluated after his 2014 lung cancer diagnosis. Reprint.

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525432159
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 21 cm


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May 10, 2017

There are parts of this book that I found to be profound and magical as well as parts that were murky and unapproachable to me. Also, by accident, I discovered that he hadn't had the book fact checked, which surprised me. I thought most authors verify the authenticity of their material.

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