A true modern masterpiece, When Breath Becomes Air joins the Vintage Classics for the first time in this special edition published to celebrate 30 years of VINTAGE
PAUL KALANITHI was a neurosurgeon and writer. He held degrees in
English literature, human biology, and history and philoso-phy of
science and medicine from Stanford and Cambridge universities
before graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He also received
the American Academy of Neu-rological Surgery's highest award for
His reflections on doctoring and illness have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review Daily.
Kalanithi died in March 2015, aged 37. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.
A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite.
Obligatory reading for the living. -- Nigella Lawson
Rattling. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. -- Atul Gawande, author of BEING MORTAL
A great, indelible book ... as intimate and illuminating as Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal," to cite only one recent example of a doctor's book that has had exceptionally wide appeal ... I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option ... gripping from the start ... None of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated. As he wrote to a friend: "It's just tragic enough and just imaginable enough." And just important enough to be unmissable. * New York Times *
Powerful and poignant. * The Sunday Times *
Less a memoir than a reflection on life and purpose... A vital book. * The Economist *