Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

September 3, 2019|
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood
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Legendary novelist, poet, and essayist Margaret Atwood delivers a surprising look at the topic of "debt" - a subject that continues to be timely during this current period of economic upheaval. In her intelligent and imaginative approach to the subject, Atwood proposes that "debt" is like air - something we take for granted and never think about until things go wrong.

This is not a book about practical debt management or high finance, although it does touch upon those subjects. Rather, it goes far deeper into an investigation of debt as a very old, very 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, through the stories we tell to our concepts of "revenge" and "sin" to the way we structure our social relationships, Atwood shows that this idea of what we owe - in other words, "debt" - is possibly built into the human imagination as one of its most dynamic metaphors. In the final section, Atwood touches upon not only our current global financial situation, but also the concept of our "debt to nature" and how our ideas of ownership and debt must be changed if we are to find a new way to interact with our natural environment before it is too late.

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid''s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat''s...
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Title:Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of WealthFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.55 inShipping dimensions:248 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.55 inPublished:September 3, 2019Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1487006977

ISBN - 13:9781487006976

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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