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  1. Erich Maria Remarque “Life on Loan”

    Perhaps a quote from the book will inspire you to read:�

    “Almost no person thinks about death until it comes close to him. It is both tragic and ironic that all people on earth, from the dictator to the last beggar, behave as if they will live forever. If we constantly lived with the awareness of the inevitability of death, we would be more humane and merciful.”

  2. A wonderful story by the great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury – “Ice and Fire”. One of my favorite works of this writer. And in general, the best thing I've read on this topic is short and clear.

  3. I recommend the most recent book I read on this topic: Stephen King's The Long Walk. The story is dark and chilling. There, the awareness of the value of life and its short duration comes shortly before the end. The idea isn't new, but the execution is great.

  4. Since the Remark was mentioned, we can also recall Hemingway, For whom the bell tolls. It may not be quite the right place, because the action takes place during a civil war, not in a peaceful one, but it tells the story of a man who lived his entire life in a few days.

  5. A very cool trigger for action can be the fear of death. Paulo Coelho described it very coolly in the book “Diary of a Magician”. Just a chapter is devoted to this, but otherwise there are a lot of interesting, hackneyed and lying on the surface ideas that are worth paying attention to.

  6. In these works, one of the themes is the transience of time:

    1. Ray Bradbury – “All Summer in One Day”, “Summer Morning, Summer Night”.
    2. The titanic work of Marcel Proust – “In search of lost time”. That's where the name speaks for itself.
    3. Daniel Keyes – “Flowers for Algernon”
    4. Sartre – “The Wall”.
    5. Fitzgerald – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.

    A little poetry:

    1. Pushkin: “Do I wander along noisy streets…”.
    2. Tyutchev: “I'm standing over the Neva River again.”

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