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Payback :  Debt as Metaphor and the Shadow Side of Wealth - Margaret Atwood

Payback

Debt as Metaphor and the Shadow Side of Wealth

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'Lively and exceedingly timely … At a time when so many of us are mired in debts of the financial variety it is worth remembering that it is the other, non-financial debts that we owe - to the planet, and to each other - that may prove most important'

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lateral thinking by a creative author

By morrigan constance

from Brisbane Australia

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  • Broad Appeal
  • Continually Relevant
  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
  • Unique Interpretation
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Payback:

    Hmmm, I read the local library copy and was so impressed, I had to have my own copy plus one for my brother. As would be expected, Margaret Atwood develops unique insights into the cultural and historical evolution of money. A "must have" for anyone with an interest in our money and trade systems in Western culture.

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    'A fascinating, freewheeling examination of ideas of debt, balance and revenge in history, society and literature - Atwood has again struck upon our most current anxieties' The Times 'A stimulating, learned, and stylish read from an eminent author writing from a heartfelt perspective ... very provocative' Conrad Black 'Could hardly be more timely ... as clear a summary of the situation as I have read' Financial Times 'Lively and exceedingly timely ... At a time when so many of us are mired in debts of the financial variety it is worth remembering that it is the other, non-financial debts that we owe - to the planet, and to each other - that may prove most important' Observer

    ISBN: 9780747598718
    ISBN-10: 0747598711
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 240
    Published: July 2009
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9  x 1.5
    Weight (kg): 0.16

    Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

    Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth ­ in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

    Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

    Associations: Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers' Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current Vice-President of PEN International.

    Visit Margaret Atwood's Booktopia Author Page