A Very Easy Death

A Very EaCB01128-1-osy Death is a subdued narration of an intensely personal loss. As she traces her mother’s slow descent into delirium and death—that “unjustifiable violation”—Beauvoir renders a moving account of moments intertwined in lives and exchanges enlivened by memories: a faithful rendition of infidelity, jealousy, anguish and love which made and marred the bond between the mother and her two daughters conditioned by the shocking awareness of the mother’s decaying body, a slow degeneration of an emotional dependence into medical contingency.

A Very Easy Death locates the despair of loss in the recognition of a stubborn inability to envision the natural-ity of death itself, an aporia consisting in a confirmation as well as a mighty aberration of life.

– Pritha Mukherjee

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