Margaret Atwood - Payback (Debt & The Shadow Side of Wealth) (2nd Hand Paperback)
In this wide-ranging history of debt Margaret Atwood investigates its many meanings through the ages, from ancient times to the current global financial meltdown (2008).
Many of us wonder: how could we have let such a collapse happen?
Collected here, the Massey Lectures from legendary novelist Margaret Atwood investigate the highly topical subject of debt. She doesn’t talk about high finance or managing money; instead, she goes far deeper to explore debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies.
By looking at how debt has informed our thinking from preliterate times to the present day, from the stories we tell of revenge and sin to the way we order social relationships, Atwood argues that the idea of what we owe may well be built into the human imagination as one of its most dynamic metaphors. Her final lecture addresses the notion of a debt to nature and the need to find new ways of interacting with the natural world before it is too late.
How old or inevitable is this human pattern of debt?
Imaginative, topical and insightful, Payback urges us to reconsider our ideas of ownership and debt - before it is too late.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Economics, Business & Money
- Published : 2008 (This Edition 2009 - Bloomsbury)
- ISBN : 9780747598718
- SKU : B002663
- PPC : LL250gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"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.
Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt CH FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor.
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