听的有声版，后面有作者的访谈。 One of the questions and the writer's answer struck me.
What if anything is different about writing characters who know they will die soon? For one thing, the rest of us take our body for granted. the rest of us don't spend a lot of time thinking our bodies as a necessary part of being alive. But for people who are very sick, chronically sick, they don't have the luxury. The other thing is that, they don't have the luxury of not thinking existentially. People who are very sick don't have the luxury of ignoring the realty of mortality, and ignoring the big questions that surround mortality.