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Shedding Life: Disease, Politics, and Other Human Conditions
From the microscopic to the mundane, Miroslav Holub's first collection of observations is a delight for thoughtful readers. Holub's dry wit and scientific acumen focus on the intersection of the scientific world with everyday life, finding bemused delight in the mysteries of the universe and the often surreal details of life and politics in Prague.
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published November 28th 1997 by Milkweed Editions
(first published March 1997)
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really brilliant nonfiction essays by a czech poet and immunologist. i suppose if you're a bit of a science and fact geek like me this will appeal to you more, but all of the essays are fabulous in the way holub intertwines the personal with the public, the fact with the questionable. my favorite essay is the title essay, "shedding life." also, his poetry is rather beautiful.
Nov 13, 2007 Margo Solod rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the way life works
lovely little essays, each only a few pages. masterly explanations a layman can understand on all sorts of life's little questions. example -when and how did man determine life forms did not spontaneously arise? (ie: maggots from rotten meat, insects from dust)