UIT Books, 2019
translated by Eduardo A. Febles
At age 35, a young psychiatrist is diagnosed with lymphoma, suddenly finding himself on the “other” side with his patients. In the Valley of Tears traces his inner journey from illness to remission, from an imminent death to a new life.
“I floated over a void of fullness and inexistence. I was still alive, whole—entirely whole, not in pieces—but I was no longer at the center of my being; instead, there was a vacuum full of something without sensory content; a light without light; a presence without body; a consciousness without memory, without emotion. I felt haunted by an unnamable internal unity cutting me off from everything around me. I was unbelievably untouched.”