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After my mother died the undertaker who picked up her body left in its place on the bed an artificial rose. My brother had told me this, offended to the core. I would be armed against artificial roses. I remember making a brisk decision about a coffin. He seemed to be offering the clock as a lesson. I concentrated on Quintana. Eight months later I asked the manager of our apartment building if he still had the log kept by the doormen for the night of December I knew there was a log, I had been for three years president of the board of the building, the door log was intrinsic to building procedure. The next day the manager sent me the page for December According to the log the doormen that night were Michael Flynn and Vasile Ionescu. I had not remembered that. The log for that evening showed only two entries, fewer than usual, even for a time of the year when most people in the building left for more clement venues: NOTE: Paramedics arrived at p. for Mr.
Dunne was taken to hospital at p. NOTE: Lightbulb out on Α-B passenger elevator. The Α-B elevator was our elevator, the elevator on which the paramedics came up at p. I had not noticed a lightbulb being out on the elevator. Nor had I noticed that the paramedics were in the apartment for forty-five minutes. I put this question to a doctor I knew. It was a while before I realized that this in no way addressed the question. The death certificate, when I got it, gave the time of death as p. I had been asked before I left the hospital if I would authorize an autopsy. I had said yes. I later read that asking a survivor to authorize an autopsy is seen in hospitals as delicate, sensitive, often the most difficult of the routine steps that follow a death. Doctors themselves, according to many studies for example Katz, J. They know that autopsy is essential to the learning and teaching of medicine, but they also know that the procedure touches a primitive dread.
If whoever it was at New York Hospital who asked me to authorize an autopsy experienced such anxiety I could have spared him or her: I actively wanted an autopsy. I actively wanted an autopsy even though I had seen some, in the course of doing research. I had seen homicide detectives avert their eyes from an autopsy in progress. I still wanted one. I needed to know how and why and when it had happened. In fact I wanted to be in the room when they did it I had watched those other autopsies with John, I owed him his own, it was fixed in my mind at that moment that he would be in the room if I were on the table but I did not trust myself to rationally present the point so I did not ask. If the ambulance left our building at p. If I did not believe he was dead all along I would have thought I should have been able to save him. Until I saw the autopsy report I continued to think this anyway, an example of delusionary thinking, the omnipotent variety. A week or two before he died, when we were having dinner in a restaurant, John asked me to write something in my notebook for him.
He always carried cards on which to make notes, three-by-six-inch cards printed with his name that could be slipped into an inside pocket. At dinner he had thought of something he wanted to remember but when he looked in his pockets he found no cards. I need you to write something down, he said. It was, he said, for his new book, not for mine, a point he stressed because I was at the time researching a book that involved sports. The militarization of sports. Did he know he would not write the book? Did he have some apprehension, a shadow? Why had he forgotten to bring note cards to dinner that night?
Had he not warned me when I forgot my own notebook that the ability to make a note when something came to mind was the difference between being able to write and not being able to write? Was something telling him that night that the time for being able to write was running out? One summer when we were living in Brentwood Park we fell into a pattern of stopping work at four in the afternoon and going out to the pool. It was a small, even miniature, garden with gravel paths and a rose arbor and beds edged with thyme and santolina and feverfew. I had convinced John a few years before that we should tear out a lawn to plant this garden. To my surprise, since he had shown no previous interest in gardens, he regarded the finished product as an almost mystical gift. Just before five on those summer afternoons we would swim and then go into the library wrapped in towels to watch Tenko, a BBC series, then in syndication, about a number of satisfyingly predictable English women one was immature and selfish, another seemed to have been written with Mrs.
Miniver in mind imprisoned by the Japanese in Malaya during World War Two. There was always shrimp quesadilla, chicken with black beans. There was always someone we knew. The room was cool and polished and dark inside but you could see the twilight outside. John did not like driving at night by then. This was one reason, I later learned, that he wanted to spend more time in New York, a wish that at the time remained mysterious to me. I remember thinking how remarkable this was. Anthea lived less than a block from a house on Franklin Avenue in which we had lived from until , so it was not a question of reconnoitering a new neighborhood. It had occurred to me as I started the ignition that I could count on my fingers the number of times I had driven when John was in the car; the single other time I could remember that night was once spelling him on a drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
He had been dozing in the passenger seat of the Corvette we then had. He had opened his eyes. A drive across the Mojave was one thing. There had been no previous time when he asked me to drive home from dinner in town: this evening on Camino Palmero was unprecedented. Only the dying man can tell how much time he has left. And then—gone. Grief, when it comes, is nothing we expect it to be. It was not what I felt when my parents died: my father died a few days short of his eighty-fifth birthday and my mother a month short of her ninety-first, both after some years of increasing debility. What I felt in each instance was sadness, loneliness the loneliness of the abandoned child of whatever age , regret for time gone by, for things unsaid, for my inability to share or even in any real way to acknowledge, at the end, the pain and helplessness and physical humiliation they each endured.
I understood the inevitability of each of their deaths. I had been expecting fearing, dreading, anticipating those deaths all my life. They remained, when they did occur, distanced, at a remove from the ongoing dailiness of my life. After my mother died I received a letter from a friend in Chicago, a former Maryknoll priest, who precisely intuited what I felt. I would still plan a menu for Easter lunch. I would still remember to renew my passport. Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Choking, need for sighing. Such waves began for me on the morning of December 31, , seven or eight hours after the fact, when I woke alone in the apartment. I do not remember crying the night before; I had entered at the moment it happened a kind of shock in which the only thought I allowed myself was that there must be certain things I needed to do.
There had been certain things I had needed to do while the ambulance crew was in the living room. I had needed for example to bank the fire, because I would be leaving it. There had been certain things I had needed to do at the hospital. I had needed for example to stand in the line. I had needed for example to focus on the bed with telemetry he would need for the transfer to Columbia-Presbyterian. Once I got back from the hospital there had again been certain things I needed to do. It had seemed too late in the evening to call their older brother Dick on Cape Cod he went to bed early, his health had not been good, I did not want to wake him with bad news but I needed to tell Nick.
I did not plan how to do this. I just sat on the bed and picked up the phone and dialed the number of his house in Connecticut. He answered. I told him. After I put down the phone, in what I can only describe as a new neural pattern of dialing numbers and saying the words, I picked it up again. I could not call Quintana she was still where we had left her a few hours before, unconscious in the ICU at Beth Israel North but I could call Gerry, her husband of five months, and I could call my brother, Jim, who would be at his house in Pebble Beach. Gerry said he would come over. I said there was no need to come over, I would be fine. Jim said he would get a flight. I said there was no need to think about a flight, we would talk in the morning. I was trying to think what to do next when the phone rang. It was not clear to me at the time how she knew but she did it had something to do with a mutual friend to whom both Nick and Lynn seemed in the last minute to have spoken and she was calling from a taxi on her way to our apartment.
At one level I was relieved Lynn knew how to manage things, Lynn would know what it was that I was supposed to be doing and at another I was bewildered: how could I deal at this moment with company? What would we do, would we sit in the living room with the syringes and the ECG electrodes and the blood still on the floor, should I rekindle what was left of the fire, would we have a drink, would she have eaten? Had I eaten? The instant in which I asked myself whether I had eaten was the first intimation of what was to come: if I thought of food, I learned that night, I would throw up.
Lynn arrived. We sat in the part of the living room where the blood and electrodes and syringes were not. I remember thinking as I was talking to Lynn this was the part I could not say that the blood must have come from the fall: he had fallen on his face, there was the chipped tooth I had noticed in the emergency room, the tooth could have cut the inside of his mouth. Lynn picked up the phone and said that she was calling Christopher. This was another bewilderment: the Christopher I knew best was Christopher Dickey, but he was in either Paris or Dubai and in any case Lynn would have said Chris, not Christopher.
I found my mind veering to the autopsy. It could even be happening as I sat there. Then I realized that the Christopher to whom Lynn was talking was Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, who was the chief obituary writer for The New York Times. I remember a sense of shock. I wanted to say not yet but my mouth had gone dry. I found myself wondering, with no sense of illogic, if it had also happened in Los Angeles. I was trying to work out what time it had been when he died and whether it was that time yet in Los Angeles. Was there time to go back? Could we have a different ending on Pacific time? I recall being seized by a pressing need not to let anyone at the Los Angeles Times learn what had happened by reading it in The New York Times. I called our closest friend at the Los Angeles Times, Tim Rutten. I have no memory of what Lynn and I did then. I remember her saying that she would stay the night, but I said no, I would be fine alone.
And I was. Until the morning. When, only half awake, I tried to think why I was alone in the bed. There was a leaden feeling. It was the same leaden feeling with which I woke on mornings after John and I had fought. Had we had a fight? What about, how had it started, how could we fix it if I could not remember how it started? Then I remembered. For several weeks that would be the way I woke to the day. I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. One of several lines from different poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins that John strung together during the months immediately after his younger brother committed suicide, a kind of improvised rosary. Ο the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.
And I have asked to be Where no storms come. I see now that my insistence on spending that first night alone was more complicated than it seemed, a primitive instinct. Of course I knew John was dead. The New York Times knew. The Los Angeles Times knew. Yet I was myself in no way prepared to accept this news as final: there was a level on which I believed that what had happened remained reversible. That was why I needed to be alone. After that first night I would not be alone for weeks Jim and his wife Gloria would fly in from California the next day, Nick would come back to town, Tony and his wife Rosemary would come down from Connecticut, José would not go to Las Vegas, our assistant Sharon would come back from skiing, there would never not be people in the house , but I needed that first night to be alone.
I needed to be alone so that he could come back. This was the beginning of my year of magical thinking. The power of grief to derange the mind has in fact been exhaustively noted. To put my conclusion more precisely: I should say that in mourning the subject goes through a modified and transitory manic-depressive state and overcomes it. It was deep into the summer, some months after the night when I needed to be alone so that he could come back, before I recognized that through the winter and spring there had been occasions on which I was incapable of thinking rationally. I was thinking as small children think, as if my thoughts or wishes had the power to reverse the narrative, change the outcome. In my case this disordered thinking had been covert, noticed I think by no one else, hidden even from me, but it had also been, in retrospect, both urgent and constant. In retrospect there had been signs, warning flags I should have noticed.
There had been for example the matter of the obituaries. I could not read them. When I saw the photograph I realized for the first time why the obituaries had so disturbed me. I had allowed other people to think he was dead. I had allowed him to be buried alive. Many people had mentioned the necessity for giving the clothes away, usually in the well-intentioned but as it turns out misguided form of offering to help me do this. I had resisted. I had no idea why. It was part of what people did after a death, part of the ritual, some kind of duty. I began. I cleared a shelf on which John had stacked sweatshirts, T-shirts, the clothes he wore when we walked in Central Park in the early morning. We walked every morning. The clothes on this shelf were as familiar to me as my own.
I closed my mind to this. I set aside certain things a faded sweatshirt I particularly remembered him wearing, a Canyon Ranch T-shirt Quintana had brought him from Arizona , but I put most of what was on this shelf into bags and took the bags across the street to St. Emboldened, I opened a closet and filled more bags: New Balance sneakers, all-weather shoes, Brooks Brothers shorts, bag after bag of socks. I took the bags to St. I was not yet prepared to address the suits and shirts and jackets but I thought I could handle what remained of the shoes, a start. I stopped at the door to the room.
I could not give away the rest of his shoes. I stood there for a moment, then realized why: he would need shoes if he was to return. The recognition of this thought by no means eradicated the thought. I have still not tried to determine say, by giving away the shoes if the thought has lost its power. On reflection I see the autopsy itself as the first example of this kind of thinking. Whatever else had been in my mind when I so determinedly authorized an autopsy, there was also a level of derangement on which I reasoned that an autopsy could show that what had gone wrong was something simple.
It could have been no more than a transitory blockage or arrhythmia. It could have required only a minor adjustment—a change in medication, say, or the resetting of a pacemaker. In this case, the reasoning went, they might still be able to fix it. I recall being struck by an interview, during the campaign, in which Teresa Heinz Kerry talked about the sudden death of her first husband. Pittsburgh, not Washington, was the place to which he might come back. The autopsy did not in fact take place the night John was declared dead. The autopsy did not take place until eleven the next morning. I realize now that the autopsy could have taken place only after the man I did not know at New York Hospital made the phone call to me, on the morning of December I recall expressions of sympathy.
I recall offers of assistance. He seemed to be avoiding some point. Many things went through my mind at this instant. She had asked John if he had. He had said no. They had discussed it. I had changed the subject. I had been unable to think of either of them dead. The man on the telephone was still talking. I was thinking: If she were to die today in the ICU at Beth Israel North, would this come up? What would I do? What would I do now? I heard myself saying that I did not feel capable of making such a decision before our daughter even knew he was dead. This seemed to me at the time a reasonable response.
Only after I hung up did it occur to me that nothing about it was reasonable. This thought was immediately and usefully—notice the instant mobilization of cognitive white cells supplanted by another: there had been in this call something that did not add up. There had been a contradiction in it. This man had been talking about donating organs, but there was no way at this point to do a productive organ harvest: John had not been on life support. He had not been on life support when I saw him in the curtained cubicle in the emergency room. He had not been on life support when the priest came. All organs would have shut down. John and I had been there together one morning in or There had been someone from the eye bank tagging bodies for cornea removal. This man from New York Hospital, then, was talking about taking only the corneas, the eyes. Then why not say so? Why misrepresent this to me? Eyes: BL, the license read. Restrictions: Corrective Lenses.
Why make this call and not just say what you wanted? His eyes. His blue eyes. His blue imperfect eyes. and what i want to know is how do you like your blueeyed boy Mister Death I could not that morning remember who wrote those lines. I thought it was Ε. Cummings but I could not be sure. If we happened to be anywhere around Newport John would take me to Portsmouth to hear the Gregorian chant at vespers. It was something that moved him. On the flyleaf of the anthology there was written the name Dunne, in small careful handwriting, and then, in the same handwriting, blue ink, fountain-pen blue ink, these guides to study: 1 What is the meaning of the poem and what is the experience?
I put the book back on the shelf. It would be some months before I remembered to confirm that the lines were in fact Ε. It would also be some months before it occurred to me that my anger at this unknown caller from New York Hospital reflected another version of the primitive dread that had not for me been awakened by the autopsy question. What was the meaning and what the experience? To what thought or reflection did the experience lead us? How could he come back if they took his organs, how could he come back if he had no shoes?
On most surface levels I seemed rational. To the average observer I would have appeared to fully understand that death was irreversible. I had authorized the autopsy. I had arranged for cremation. I had arranged for his ashes to be picked up and taken to the Cathedral of St. Finally, on the 23rd of March, almost three months after his death, I had seen the ashes placed in the wall and the marble plate replaced and a service held. We had Gregorian chant, for John. Quintana asked that the chant be in Latin. John too would have asked that. We had a single soaring trumpet. We had a Catholic priest and an Episcopal priest. I had done it. I had acknowledged that he was dead. I had done this in as public a way as I could conceive. Yet my thinking on this point remained suspiciously fluid. At dinner in the late spring or early summer I happened to meet a prominent academic theologian. Someone at the table raised a question about faith. The theologian spoke of ritual itself being a form of faith.
My reaction was unexpressed but negative, vehement, excessive even to me. Later I realized that my immediate thought had been: But I did the ritual I did it all. I did St. By late summer I was beginning to see this clearly. In time of trouble, I had been trained since childhood, read, learn, work it up, go to the literature. Information was control. Given that grief remained the most general of afflictions its literature seemed remarkably spare. There was the journal C. Lewis kept after the death of his wife, A Grief Observed. The fever was too much for his shaken heart, and in five days, notwithstanding all Dr. There were certain poems, in fact many poems. There were days when I relied on W. The poems and the dances of the shades seemed the most exact to me.
That left the professional literature, the studies done by the psychiatrists and psychologists and social workers who came after Freud and Melanie Klein, and quite soon it was to this literature that I found myself turning. I learned from it many things I already knew, which at a certain point seemed to promise comfort, validation, an outside opinion that I was not imagining what appeared to be happening. Because the reality of death has not yet penetrated awareness, survivors can appear to be quite accepting of the loss. I read on. Dolphins, I learned from J. William Worden of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study at Massachusetts General Hospital, had been observed refusing to eat after the death of a mate. Geese had been observed reacting to such a death by flying and calling, searching until they themselves became disoriented and lost. Human beings, I read but did not need to learn, showed similar patterns of response.
They searched. They stopped eating. They forgot to breathe. They lost concentration. They lost cognitive ability on all scales. Like Hermann Castorp they blundered in business and suffered sensible financial losses. They forgot their own telephone numbers and showed up at airports without picture ID. They fell sick, they failed, they even, again like Hermann Castorp, died. I began carrying identification when I walked in Central Park in the morning, in case it happened to me. If the telephone rang when I was in the shower I no longer answered it, to avoid falling dead on the tile. Certain studies, I learned, were famous. They were icons of the literature, benchmarks, referred to in everything I read. One situation in which pathological bereavement could occur, I read repeatedly, was that in which the survivor and the deceased had been unusually dependent on one another. Once in when I needed unexpectedly to spend the night in San Francisco I was doing a piece, it was raining, the rain pushed a late-afternoon interview into the next morning , John flew up from Los Angeles so that we could have dinner together.
I thought about PSA. All PSA planes had smiles painted on their noses. The flight attendants were dressed in the style of Rudy Gernreich in hot-pink-and-orange miniskirts. PSA represented a time in our life when most things we did seemed without consequence, no-hands, a mood in which no one thought twice about flying seven hundred miles for dinner. This mood ended in , when a PSA Boeing collided with a Cessna over San Diego, killing one hundred and fortyfour. It occurred to me when this happened that I had overlooked the odds when it came to PSA. I see now that this error was not confined to PSA. Cat in her school tartan. The Broken Man was what Cat called fear and death and the unknown. I had a bad dream about the Broken Man, she would say. He wondered if the Broken Man had time to frighten Cat before she died. I see now what I had failed to see in , the year Dutch Shea, Jr. was published: this was a novel about grief. The literature would have said that Dutch Shea was undergoing pathological bereavement.
The diagnostic signs would have been these: He is obsessed with the moment Cat died. I took care of her the day she got her period the first time and I remember when she was a little girl she called my bedroom her sweet second room and she called spaghetti buzzghetti and she called people who came to the house hellos. She said where you was and where did the morning went and you told Thayer, you son of a bitch, you wanted someone to remember her. I believe John would have said that Dutch Shea, Jr. was about faith. I believe in God. The first words of the Catholic catechism. Was it about faith or was it about grief?
Were faith and grief the same thing? Or were we unusually lucky? If I were alone could he come back to me on the smile? PSA and the smile no longer exist, sold to US Airways and then painted off the planes. Later she falls from the bell tower also re-created, an effect at Mission San Juan Bautista. We were married at San Juan Bautista. On a January afternoon when the blossoms were showing in the orchards off When there were still orchards off The way you got sideswiped was by going back. The blossoms showing in the orchards off was the incorrect track. One night. December 30, Where she would remain for another twenty-four days. is not the only situation in which complicated or pathological grief can occur. Volkan, M. Anger usually appears at this point if the therapy is going well; it is at first diffused, then directed toward others, and finally directed toward the dead.
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Several days before Christmas , John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. about marriage and children and memory about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself. In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play. a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage. Quicklets: Learn more. Read less. The Year of Magical Thinking documents the painful year of in author Joan Didion's life as she deals with the death of her husband John and the serious illness of her daughter Quintana.
The book was also a finalist in the National Book Critic's Circle Award. On March 29, Didion's adaptation of the book for a Broadway play came to life with Vanessa Redgrave as the sole cast member. The production toured the world and has been translated into several other languages. Christian Lönneker systematically explores the phenomenon of magical thinking in the context of severe grief reactions focusing on intrusive forms reported by bereaved individuals seeking professional support. The author succeeds in proposing a comprehensive definition of magical thinking and a rationale for its association with grief based on various disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, and the cognitive science of religion.
Within the scope of a grounded theory study, case reports comprise themes like bringing the deceased back to life, the magical efficacy of religious rituals, and attempts to ward off harmful influences of the dead. This book is a compelling reference guide for book clubs on the work of Joan Didion, with summaries of her major works and discussion questions. Unas memorias conmovedoras sobre la enfermedad y la muerte a través de la experiencia personal de la periodista y escritora Joan Didion. Este libro memorable ha cautivado a millones de lectores en todo el mundo. En él, la escritora Joan Didion, una de las autoras norteamericanas más reputadas de finales del siglo XX, narra con una fascinante distancia emocional la muerte repentina de su marido, el también escritor John Gregory Dunne. Este libro tan breve como intenso es, por consiguiente, una reflexión sobre el duelo y la crónica de una supervivencia. El año del pensamiento mágico obtuvo el National Book Award en Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage—and a life, in good times and bad—that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
about marriage and children and memory. This enhanced eBook edition of Blue Nights includes three short films directed by Griffin Dunne and starring Joan Didion. Each film blends Didion's incisive prose with images and mementos from her daughter's life. From one of our most powerful writers, Blue Nights is a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.
Today would be her wedding anniversary. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Charlotte Brontë dedicated Jane Eyre to William Makepeace Thackeray, setting literary London ablaze with gossip. Ayn Rand dedicated Atlas Shrugged to both her husband and her lover. Sylvia Plath dedicated The Bell Jar to her friends. And F. Scott Fitzgerald dedicated The Great Gatsby to his wife, Zelda, the tumultuous love of his life. Sometimes tragic, often romantic, and always engaging, these are intimate glimpses into the lives of the writers we admire and the people they loved.
This study examines how selected authors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries write about their creative processes in old age and thus purposefully produce a late style of their own. Late-life creativity has not always been viewed favourably. Prevalent "peak-and-decline" models suggest that artists, as they grow old, cease to produce highquality work. Aiming to counter such ageist discourses, the present study proposes a new ethics of reading literary texts by elderly authors. For this purpose, it develops a methodology that consolidates textual analysis with cultural gerontology. With a forward by Hilton Als, these twelve pieces from to , never before gathered together, offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary figure.
They showcase Joan Didion's incisive reporting, her empathetic gaze, and her role as "an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time" The New York Times Book Review. Here, Didion touches on topics ranging from newspapers "the problem is not so much whether one trusts the news as to whether one finds it" , to the fantasy of San Simeon, to not getting into Stanford. In "Why I Write," Didion ponders the act of writing: "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient. Best Books Dallespansione allo sviluppo. Una storia economica dEuropa Improvised Futures - Encountering the Body in Performance The Coffinmaker's Garden On Foreign Ground School Culture Recharged: Strategies to Energize Your Staff and Culture Organometallics as Catalysts in the Fine Chemical Industry Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly Kindle Single A Vintage Short A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory The Burning Hills: A Novel Quilling Beginners Tutorials International Standards for Food Safety Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Hoofed Mammals v.
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