[free e-book] “The Art of Life and Death: Radical Aesthetics and Ethnographic Practice” (Andrew Irving, 2017)

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Andrew Irving, 2017. The Art of Life and Death: Radical Aesthetics and Ethnographic Practice. HAU Books – Malinowski Monograph Series. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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The Art of Life and Death explores how the world appears to people who have an acute perspective on it: those who are close to death. Based on extensive ethnographic research, Andrew Irving brings to life the lived experiences, imaginative lifeworlds, and existential concerns of persons confronting their own mortality and non-being.

Encompassing twenty years of working alongside persons living with HIV/AIDS in New York, Irving documents the radical but often unspoken and unvoiced transformations in perception, knowledge, and understanding that people experience in the face of death.

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