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The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood


Published: 13th October 1994
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'It stirs depths that Cat's Eye did not reach, and grants deeper stronger powers to women's friendship in distress' MARINA WARNER. An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.

Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man's dream and a woman's nightmare. She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz andd Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; 'with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation', Zenia is back...

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many literary prizes in other countries. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. Her latest novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.

This is Margaret Atwood at her sharpest and most subversive. If it is a novel about the power of women's friendship, it is also a novel about the destructive nature of women to women. Three women are joined in friendship through their united dislike of Zenia - man-eater, pathological liar and slut. Zenia gets her kicks from wanting what someone else has, getting what she wants, then no longer wanting what she has taken. They think their enemy, Zenia, is dead. Five years on, as they meet for lunch, Zenia returns. She has destroyed the happiness of each of them once - will she manage it again? Or will they get her before she gets them? Atwood tells the three tales in her usual unflinching, slightly sardonic, beautifully crafted way - the characters of the four women are immediately engaging and read with truth (one of Atwood's consistent skills is to give her characters this sense of absolute verity). The pain they suffer, their forbearance, their willingness to be taken in, and charity towards the always convincing Zenia, makes compelling reading. And her creation of Zenia - every woman's nightmare, every man's dreamboat - is bewitching. Not surprisingly, given the title, it ends as if it were a fairy tale: good is rewarded, bad is punished. The ending is utterly and completely satisfying. You may close the book, turn over, sigh and go comfortably off to sleep, safe in the knowledge that the world deals summarily with monsters. (Kirkus UK)

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.

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ISBN: 9781853817229
ISBN-10: 1853817228
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 13th October 1994
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.6  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1