Magazine article New Internationalist

Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Magazine article New Internationalist

Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

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Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood [Bloomsbury ISBN 97807 47598497)

Every year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hosts a series of lectures by a well known thinkerMartin Luther King, John Kenneth Galbralth, Doris Lessing, Barbara Ward have all had a go. Last year it was the turn of the celebrated Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood who chose the somewhat surprising topic of 'Debt and Payback'. The results are a timely, highly readable and entertaining journey through the literary and historical meanings of being both a creditor and a borrower. Atwood with her usual droll wit weighs up not merely the financial aspects but also the debits and credits of the moral ledger. She touches on a delightful diversity of examples, running from the Ancient Egyptians' weighing of the soul through to the modern-day debts we are racking up against the planet. …

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