Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Siddhartha Mukherjee's Book "The Emperor of All Maladies" Wins Pulitzer

Siddhartha Mukherjee's book "The Emperor of All Maladies" won the Pulitzer for non-fiction. This New Delhi born author is an oncologist and has written a book about cancer. The New York Times has this to say about him:

"Dr. Mukherjee, an oncologist and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia, known as Sid by his friends, is married to the MacArthur award-winning artist Sarah Sze and looks less like a scientist than like the leading man in a Bollywood musical. He belongs to that breed of physicians, rapidly multiplying these days, who also have literary DNA in their genome, and his first book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," comes out from Scribner on Nov. 16.

"The book tells the stories of several cancer patients, and also of heroic researchers like Sidney Farber, who pioneered the treatment of childhood leukemia. But its main character, as the subtitle suggests, is the disease itself as it has been diagnosed, treated and thought about over the last 4,000 years."

I haven't read the book (not yet) but hope it sheds new light on this mystery disease that has no cure (not yet). Another writer to watch out for.

1 comment:

mohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.