Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

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House of Anansi, 2008 - Political Science - 230 pages
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Collects the 2008 Massey Lectures as delivered by the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale to explore debt as a central historical component of religion, literature, and societal structure, in a volume that also explores the idea of humanity's debt to the natural world. Original.
 

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User Review  - Niecierpek - LibraryThing

Not bad, but not what I expected. It discusses 'payback' as a philosophical and moral issue, and uses Dr Faustus and Ebenezer Scrooge as leitmotives to discuss it. It's much more literary than I expected. I guess I thought it would be tackled from a much more economic point of view. Read full review

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

very enjoyable. atwood has a very stupid chuckle which is kind of endearing. i don't want to live with it but okay for a bit. i enjoyed the first 4 but the last put me off. i have very little time for dickens, especially scrooge and it was a modern arrangement of scrooge. Read full review

Contents

Ancient Balances
1
The Shadow Side
122
Payback
162
Notes
205
Bibliography
215
Permissions
222
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Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers -- winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award, among many other honours. She is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. She and her spouse, writer Graeme Gibson, are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Club within Birdlife International. She is an International Vice President of PEN.

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