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  • Issue 45

The Whole Story

The power of cradle-to-grave novels. Words by Tom Whyman. Photograph by Lisa Sorgini.

Michel de Montaigne, the 16th-century French writer, tells us in one of his Essays that we cannot be deemed happy until after we die, because how we die might void any or all of the happiness we experienced in life. A great king might be executed by one of his rivals, after having his lands seized and all of his heirs killed. By contrast, an “execrable and ill-famed” man might leave this mortal coil “in all respects perfectly reconciled” to


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Five

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