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Escritor e crítico Christopher Hitchens morre aos 62 anos: diferenças entre revisões

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Hitchens was born in 1949 in {{w|Portsmouth}}. After graduating from Oxford with a third-class degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 1970, Hitchens wrote for the {{w|Times Higher Educational Supplement}} briefly, before moving on to the {{w|New Statesman}} where he met the novelist {{w|Martin Amis}}. After moving to the United States in 1981, he started writing for U.S.-based publications like {{w|Vanity Fair}}, {{w|The Atlantic}} and {{w|Slate}}.
 
In more recent years, Hitchens sided with {{w|George W. Bush}} and {{w|Tony Blair}} in supporting the war in Iraq, and also went on to write a polemical book on religion, ''{{w|God Is Not Great}}'', following a theme which started with his earlier debunking efforts towards {{w|Mother Teresa}}—"a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud" according to Hitchens. The death of {{w|Jerry Falwell}} raised Hitchens' ire, stating that it is "a shame that there is no hell for Falwell to go to" and calling him a "faith-based fraud".
 
In his memoirs, ''Hitch-22'', he wrote of having sex with two (unnamed) male members of {{w|Margaret Thatcher|Margaret Thatcher's}} cabinet. Hitchens was well-known for his drinking and smoking habits, consuming 50,000 cigarettes a year according to one report, and drinking enough every day "to stun the average mule" (according to Hitchens himself). The discovery of cancer last year was, according to Hitchens, "something so predictable and banal that it bores even me".
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