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Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing Paperback – 9 September 2003

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  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1400032601
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1400032600
  • Dimensions : 13.21 x 1.35 x 20.37 cm
  • Publisher : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Reprint edition (9 September 2003)
  • Language: : English
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"A delight. . . . Frank and spirited. . . . A clear-eyed glance into the shadows where writers work and live." --The Washington Post Book World

"An engaging book--erudite yet informal, playfully witty yet down to earth." --Los Angeles Times

"Smart, deeply humane, courageous. . . . I have never come across a single book that more elegantly goes to the heart of the craft and its demands. . . . Hooray for Atwood!" --Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun

"This amazing woman's voice, this fine writer's constant example, is extraordinary." --The Boston Globe

"A delight. . . . Frank and spirited. . . . A clear-eyed glance into the shadows where writers work and live." -The Washington Post Book World

"An engaging book-erudite yet informal, playfully witty yet down to earth." -Los Angeles Times

"Smart, deeply humane, courageous. . . . I have never come across a single book that more elegantly goes to the heart of the craft and its demands. . . . Hooray for Atwood!" -Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun


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What do we mean when we say that someone is a writer? Is he or she an entertainer? A high priest of the god Art? An improver of readers' minds and morals? And who, for that matter, are these mysterious readers? In this wise and irresistibly quotable book, one of the most intelligent writers now working in English addresses the riddle of her art: why people pursue it, how they view their calling, and what bargains they make with their audience, both real and imagined.
To these fascinating issues Margaret Atwood brings a candid appraisal of her own experience as well as a breadth of reading that encompasses everything from Dante to Elmore Leonard. An ambitious artistic inquiry conducted with unpretentiousness and charm, Negotiating with the Dead is an unprecedented insider's view of the writer's universe.

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