When first published in 1972, Survival was considered
the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature.
Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it
continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves.
Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent,
compulsively readable prose, Survival is simultaneously a book of
criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive
remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: "What have been the
central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?" Her answer is
"survival and victims."
Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty, and
impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt
to Purdy to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new
perspectives. This new edition features a foreword by the