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When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

作者 : Paul Kalanithi/ Abraham Verghese

出版社 : Penguin Random House LLC

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◎ 2016年一月亞馬遜網路書店編輯最佳選書.讀者五顆星推薦

在死亡的面前,是什麼讓人生值得一活?當你的未來不再是通往人生目標的階梯,轉變成平坦而永久的現在時,你會怎麼做?當你的生命逐漸消逝,迎接並養育新生命,代表什麼意義?當你吐的最後一口氣,也變成空氣,你究竟留下了什麼?

「這一本動人且真誠的反思之作,在死亡的陰影壟罩下,思考是什麼讓生命值得一活的人生選擇,會讓讀者沉思他們的價值觀與必然的死亡。」——Booklist書評

「我逐漸了解,面對我終將死亡的事實,就某種意義上來說,什麼也沒有改變,也改變了一切。作家薩繆爾.貝克特 (Samuel Beckett) 所寫的七個字,開始不斷縈繞於我的腦中:『我沒有辦法走下去。我會繼續走下去。』(“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.”)」——Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi 36歲時,只差一年即將完成長達十年左右的腦神經外科醫生訓練,卻被診斷出肺癌第四期。前一天他還是治療即將死亡的病患的醫生,隔一天卻成了努力想存活的病患。他和妻子一起想像的未來,就此消失無蹤,人生也似乎斷了線。

在這本自傳裡,Kalanithi記錄了他這些年來身份與想法的轉變:從一位天真的醫學院學生,總是思考著這樣的問題:「既然所有的生物體終將死亡,該怎麼活,才算是一個有意義的人生?」(他當時總認為問題的答案就在於神經外科)、成為腦神經外科醫生,在形塑人類身份最重要的部位工作、變成病患,到一名即將面對死亡的新手父親。

Paul Kalanithi在2015年三月撰寫回憶錄之際過世,然而,他的文字留了下來,持續引導著我們。《When Breath Becomes Air》令人難以忘懷、積極且深刻動人,思考人生、死亡與時間的意義,是對於面對死亡的挑戰,以及醫病關係的反思之作。

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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
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