'Traditional autobiography is composed after the experience has passed. I wrote this book in the very panic of the experiences that inspired it ... '
In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place. He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most: writing. Strangest of all, at this time he started teaching evening classes in creative writing - and his life changed utterly.
A Preparation for Death is a document of the chaos and discovery of that time and of the experiences that led Greg Baxter to that strange place - an extraordinarily intimate account of literary failure (and its consequences), personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth-telling. Studded with vivid, loving portraits of the people closest to him - his Austrian grandmother, who narrowly survived the Second World War; his mother and father, both described with heartbreakingly close attention; and his cousin Walter, whose own demons provide a striking counterpoint to the author's - it is above all a stunningly vivid and searching self-portrait: possibly the most honest book you'll ever read.
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Offering an account of literary failure (and its consequences), personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth-telling, the author presents portraits of the people closest to him.Review:
Baxter tells his story with a captivating and rare honesty --Sunday Times
It is through bold self-exploration that Baxter finds his feet and establishes a certainty of place, reaching a raw, distressed beauty of its own in the writing --Irish Times
Real imaginative energy and literary talent at work here --Irish Independent
Brave, honest and propulsive --Metro
Baxter is a serious, thoughtful writer, bent on emotional truth and artistry. He has written an unusual, provocative book. --Financial Times
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Book Description Penguin, 2010. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Brand new copy. Bookseller Inventory # 035956
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141048433
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 141048433