Books: Cries and Whispers

MARS by Fritz Zorn Afterword by Adolf Muschg Translated by Robert and Rita Kimber Knopf; 241 pages; $12.95

The terrible question of cancer patients is "Why me?" In Mars, the terminally ill Fritz Zorn cries a harrowing answer: "My parents' neuroses were responsible for producing my neurosis; my neurosis was responsible for producing my lifelong despair; my despair is responsible for my being ill with cancer; and my cancer will be the cause of my death."

Mars is a powerful addition to the literature exploring links between cancer and psychological disturbance. Susan Sontag in...

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