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The Letter from Death

Lillian Moats, David J. Moats (Illustrator), Howard Zinn (Foreword by)


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October 2009 Indie Next List

“In this philosophical brain-teaser, narrator Death explains to the human race why we shouldn't fear him. We should fear ourselves instead because we are, in many cases, the authors of our own death through war. A fast but thought-provoking read.”
— Darrick Coleman, Present Tense, Batavia, NY
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The Letter from Death, with a foreword by Howard Zinn and 20 full-page illustrations, is a startling take on death, fear, war and love.

Praise For The Letter from Death

(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 …

"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."

Three Arts Press, 9780966957631, 141pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2009

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