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Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie

Lu par : Salman Rushdie
Durée : 1 h et 16 min

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Calling all Christopher Hitchens fan! This audiobook is essential for you! A conversation between Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie is recorded in front of a live audience, but with the intimacy of a private talk. Subtly funny, political, and eye-opening. Salman Rushdie probes Hitchens on his "eclectic dislikes", his political views, and his adventures as a foreign correspondent. Whether you've read or are about to read Hitchens' final memoir, Hitch 22, this audiobook will broaden and deepen your reading experience, as well as answer some of the questions you yourself might have for Hitchens.

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Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide. He has now written a searing memoir entitled, Hitch 22 that lays bare these many contradictions and affirms his conviction that all personal is also political. Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. He is the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and his #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award nominee, God Is Not Great.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 13/06/2014

Very Entertaining

I confess to have completely misread the blurb for this title. I thought it was Hitchens interviewing Rushdie. In fact, it is the opposite. However, that doesn't matter. The discussion on the eve of the release of Hitchens' third to last book, the autobiographical, Hitch 22, is stimulating, interesting and very entertaining. The source of the name alone is worth the listen.
Rushdie is, of course, a literary giant. Hitchens was one of the most read, and a very well read, commentator. Their long time friendship is apparent on listening and their literary games are in a class apart.
You won't regret the hour or so of your life you spend with these two.

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  • momwifesq
  • 29/07/2016

Hitchens is brilliant, as usual. Rushdie arrogant.

Would you try another book from Christopher Hitchens and/or Salman Rushdie?

I have read most of Hitchens books, and enjoyed the lot. I have heard Hitchens speak, he is engaging to say the least. Brilliant and funny, a rare mix. Here, unfortunately, the arrogant and condescending Rushdie pipes in with awkward and not funny comments, interrupting Hitchens.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Hitchens would have been engaging just as a monologue here, Rushdie adds nothing.

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  • Danniboi
  • 14/07/2015

Fun!

A fun raw commentary by 2 amazing writers. It is sad that Mr. Hitchens is no longer with us. He and his brilliant mind will be missed. It gets dirty so be careful... It's not for young ears!

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  • Alexander G
  • 12/01/2016

Old Marxists reminiscing over their Marxist youth

Very boring unless you hate the capitalistic system that brought you this recording. Hitch and Rushdie say little that is remarkable and much that the audience found witty. You will enjoy this if you enjoy hearing people with posh accents (I sound very similar to Hitch, so I should know) talking much ado about nothing.

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  • C. E. Galinsky
  • 23/05/2015

An enriching way to spend a couple hours

From poignant and insightful discussion about Hitch and Rushdie's evolving polotical and ideological viewpoints, to uproarious displays of both men's razor-sharp wits and sense comic timing. Two things are immideatly apparent. That both if these men's literary genius translates very well into a discussion of this format, and that their long decades of being friends and 'comrades' leads to a very relaxed and easy flow to be maintained throughout each topic, even when at opposing viewpoints.

Whatever your opinion or even lack thereof regarding these authors other works, this short discussion packs a whole lot of literary punch.

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  • Ruth
  • 18/03/2018

Delightful

Such a delightful and entertaining conversation between two incredibly intelligent, articulate men. Hitchens never disappoints.

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  • RKS
  • 31/07/2017

I love Hitch.

Salman Rushdie brings comfort and ease to his discussion with my beloved Hitch. I only wish this was hours longer! Very enjoyable.

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  • Jay
  • 20/01/2016

Interesting

Interesting to listen but not sure why I paid for it. A good way to remember Hitchens though.

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  • James
  • 09/03/2015

The Hitch and Sir Salman get down!

Christopher Hitchens makes a big confession. Salman gets giddy with the 'failed novel title' game. Each shares limericks. An important oppinion is left if militant Iran gets a nuclear weapon. And a little on a god argument that stands at the forefront of such arguments, yet leaves the Hitch unsatisfied.

Worth at least three times the purchase price.

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