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Tormented hope: nine hypochondriac lives Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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- Item Weight : 15.1 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1844881342
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844881345
- Dimensions : 5.67 x 1.14 x 8.74 inches
- Publisher : Penguin Ireland; 1st edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: : English
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Brian Dillon treats the definition of hypochondriasis with a sensitivity which is only matched by the characters he writes about within. Quite how he manages to draw out the subtleties of so many iterations of the disorder across time, and from the very infinitesimally small node of the celebrity of a particular period, is profoundly masterful and, though I consider myself quite strong headed, I feel my intellect melting like butter in the face of such acuity of mind as is the author’s.
And the prose, my god, the prose! Brian Dillon writes with such boundless charm, agility and command over language, that anyone in love with the written word will hang off his every word as if it were air, or perhaps, as poor Mr Proust might describe, the heady concoction of herbs which helped open up his chronically constricted airways.
In many ways Brian Dillon demonstrates that which liberated the hypochondriac from his condition. The rhythmic flow of words, their rising and falling softness, are the cure to a body constructed, suffocated and drowned in the anxieties of life. He demonstrates poignantly, how writing and the consumption of it, can help us breathe when all else chokes us.
I feel really as though I have met an old friend in reading this book, not that of hypochondria, though we are well acquainted, but chiefly of a mind which is quite familiar to me. The author sings his tune and it calls with deafening clarity to the turbulent, yet now calmer still, sound of my heart.
What a blessing to read and I will be drinking the words of many other publications by Dillon in weeks to come.