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Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.
"[Atwood] has an uncanny knack for writing books that anticipate the popular preoccupations of her public." Dowagiac, MI News
"...erudite and witty, down to earth while literary, insightful, and practical...As in her fiction, her brilliant thinking and sense of humour make this a joy to read...Negotiating with the Dead is Margaret Atwood at her best." Canadian Woman Studies
"Because it is so richly textured, so intellectually complex, and so subtly structured, Negotiating with the Dead is a work that deserves a second reading and even a third. With this critical work, in which she identifies so clearly all the risks of her call but yet expresses her faith in its work, she has proven her mastery of another genre." Magill's Literary Annual
"[Atwood] teases, probes, tickles, punches and enlightens." Globe & Mail
"Atwood's style glistens with sharp details and sly wit. The range of reference is deliciously eclectiv." Quill and Quire
"This is fine reading for all of us who believe that literature really matters." The American Review of Canadian Studies
"...the conversational tone, the personal anecdotes, and the brilliant references to myth and literature make this critical work by Margaret Atwood almost as fascinating as one of her novels." Magill Book Reviews
"A bracing performance." Susan Balee, Women's Review of Books
"The prominent woman of letters reworks a series of lectures into a cavalcade of intellectual insights." Wisconsin State Journal
Author Biography: Throughout her thirty-five years of writing, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, The Blind Assassin, won the 2000 Booker Prize for Fiction. Her work has been published in more than thirty-five languages.
|Introduction: Into the labyrinth|
|1||Orientation: Who do you think you are?||1|
|2||Duplicity: The jekyll hand, the hyde hand, and the slippery double||29|
|3||Dedication: The Great God Pen||59|
|4||Temptation: Prospero, the Wizard of Oz, Mephisto & Co||91|
|5||Communion: Nobody to Nobody||123|
|6||Descent: Negotiating with the dead||153|
Posted May 3, 2011
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