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Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing Hardcover – 6 March 2002

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  • Hardcover : 248 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0521662604
  • ISBN-10 : 0521662605
  • Dimensions : 13.69 x 2.49 x 20.29 cm
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press (6 March 2002)
  • Language: : English
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'Consistently enlivening … Margaret Atwood's excellent book performs [that] vital function … Her audience … would have had no hesitation in according her the distinguished status thus implied.' Spectator

'A witty and profound rumination about writing.' The Times

'Wearing her learning lightly, Atwood allows her wit to shine on almost every page.' Library Journal

'This interesting and compelling book is as wise as it is charming, and it is very charming indeed.' Washington Post Book World

'… finds its truth and its title in the insight that, whether the prose is deathless or merely breathless, the goad to all narrative is mortality.' San Antonio Express News

'This book shines like the sun or moon or whatever you like best in the shine line.If you have the slightest interest in fiction as reader or critic, get this book as soon as you can. If you are a writer, get it today.' Irish Times

'The most enjoyable aspect of the book is not, ultimately, any profound critical statement, but its author's refreshing display of erudition.' The Sunday Times

'… a valuable metafictional commentary on Atwood's own writing.' British Journal of Canadian Studies

'In this lively and illuminating book [Attwood] digs deep and quests far.' Writing in Education

"Atwood deserves respect for her willingness to engage a wide readership in discussing the social meaning of literature, and she has undoubtedly created an accessible volume that will enable interested readers to follow up on the magnificent sources she has brought together." Janice Fiamengo, Canadian Literature

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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 thirty years of writing, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees. She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, 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), Cat's Eye (1988) and Alias Grace (1996). Her novel The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize for Fiction. She has an uncanny knack for writing books which anticipate the popular preoccupations of her public. Margaret Atwood has been aclaimed for her talent for portraying both personal and worldly problems of universal concern. Her work has been published in more than thirty languages, including Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.

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