The Letter from Death
Publication Date: August 2009
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Lillian Moats is a Chicago area writer, artist and filmmaker. The Letter from Death is her fourth book.
David J Moats lives and works in London as a film journalist for The Quietus and as a freelance illustrator and architectural researcher.
(July 1, '09 issue of BOOKLIST) "…In her fourth book, Moats performs an astonishing feat. By imagining Death as a patient and suffering entity fluent in human affairs, she broaches matters of daunting complexity with galvanizing directness. … this clarion critique offers an arresting perspective on religion, our 'growing militarism,' our 'inexhaustible genius for denial,' and our paradoxical failure to nurture our best qualities. … Moats has created a wise, unsettling, and beautiful book."
--Donna Seaman, BOOKLIST
"'Death' is our guide in Moats' elegant exploration of imagined and constructed hells, the former deriving from pre- and early Christian theological concepts, the latter from medieval and modern military technology. … The Moats collaboration is truly successful, thought and art are admirably matched …
--Peter Skinner, FOREWORD MAGAZINE
"The Letter from Death is an intelligent and delightful exploration of the human comic tragedy. It has the light flavor, wit, and prick of Praise of Folly and Screwtape Letters but the deep insights and jabs come more from the perspective of Epicurus. This is a book that thoughtful people will want to give to thoughtful friends."
--Philip Regal, Author of The Anatomy of Judgment, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
"…'The Letter from Death' is well worth the read for those seeking political commentary with something fresh mixed in."
--Paul T. Vogel, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW