Felipe Fernández-Armesto on No Longer with Us…

‘Usually, interviews confirm interrogators’ prejudices or subjects’ lies. Naim Atallah, however, caught the good and the great close to the threshold of death, where inhibitions vanish and hypocrisy dissolves. He captured serenity and anxiety, recrimination and justification, ruthlessness and regret, candour and clarity, and wisdom that’s withering in both senses of the word. At one level, the book is an album of a dying age, at another an evocation of the revulsion of the very old from the follies of their successors. At the deepest level, it’s like a map of the territory we shall all traverse on the way to death.

Historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto on No Longer With Us by Naim Attallah. You can get your copy of No Longer With Us here now.