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December 2011


Christopher Hitchens är död

Via BBC kommer den tråkiga nyheten att Christopher Hitchens dött.

British author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died, aged 62, according to Vanity Fair magazine.

He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he was suffering from, at a Texas hospital.

Vanity Fair said there would “never be another like Christopher”.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia.

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter described the writer as someone “of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar”.

“Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Mr Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, in 1949 and graduated from Oxford in 1970. He became contributing editor to Vanity Fair in November 1992.

Prolific writer
He wrote for numerous publications including The Times Literary Supplement, the Daily Express, the London Evening Standard, Newsday and The Atlantic.

He was the author of 17 books, including The Trial of Henry Kissinger, God is not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything, and a memoir, Hitch-22.

Arguably, a collection of his essays, was released this year.

Jag återkommer med nekrolog när det kommer en bra sådan. Som humanist kan man minnas Hitchens som en envis förkämpe för mänskliga rättigheter och förnuft. Här nedan kan ni se hans numera berömda sammanfattning av Katolska kyrkans försyndelser genom historien.

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