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This Wild Darkness:
The Story of My Death

by Harold Brodkey

ISBN 0805048316 / 9780805048315 / 0-8050-4831-6
Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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It is possible not to care for Harold Brodkey's obsessive, digressive, almost plotless fiction and still be moved by this memoir of his last sufferings until his death, in mid-1996, of AIDS. Brodkey was a writer for whom style was everything, but in his own implacable and untimely mortality he found a subject before which style was nothing. In this assemblage of essays, journal entries, and brief notes, he confronts his illness from a clinical perspective without losing his ironic tone or his genius for minutiae. In a sense, Brodkey wrote nothing but autobiography throughout his career; this, then, is a fitting final chapter. [via]