Eula Biss, On Immunity

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In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear – fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire’s Candide, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Susan Sontag’s AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected – our bodies and our fates.

Selected for Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook ‘Year in Books’ in February 2015 | Shortlisted for 2014 NBCC Awards | New York Times Top 10 Books of 2014 | Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of the Year | Time Out 10 Best Books of 2014

Paperback
208pp. | 130 x 197 mm
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Design: Ray O’Meara
Typeset: Fitzcarraldo
Printed: TJ International
French Paperback with flaps

Fitzcarraldo Editions is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. Founded in 2014, it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language. The series, designed by Ray O’Meara, are published as paperback originals with French flaps, using a custom serif typeface (called Fitzcarraldo). Fitzcarraldo Editions publishes, among other authors, 2015 and 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature laureates Svetlana Alexievich and Olga Tokarczuk.