jueves, diciembre 13, 2007

La extraña enfermedad de Terry Pratchett

Leo en Boing Boing sobre la extraña enfermedad que sufre el escritor al que más he leído en el último lulstro, Terry Pratchett. Refieren una carta que ha enviado el creador de Mundodisco y en el que enfatiza que, pese a sufrir una extraña y temprana variante del Alzheimer, "no está muerto". Su mente sigue lúcida, como se puede leer en la carta remitida:

I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)

Terry Pratchett

PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell. I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

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