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Margaret Atwood

Birthdate: 18. November 1939
Other names: Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood, is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award several times, winning twice. In 2001, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. She is also a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community. Among innumerable contributions to Canadian literature, she was a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Atwood is also the inventor, and developer, of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents. She is the Co-Founder and a Director of Syngrafii Inc. , a company that she started in 2004 to develop, produce and distribute the LongPen technology. She holds various patents related to the LongPen technologies.

While she is best known for her work as a novelist, she has also published fifteen books of poetry. Many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales, which have been interests of hers from an early age. Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, and many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works.

Works

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
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The Blind Assassin
The Blind Assassin
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Cat's Eye
Cat's Eye
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Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
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The Year of the Flood
The Year of the Flood
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Alias Grace
Alias Grace
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Surfacing
Surfacing
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The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad
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The Robber Bride
The Robber Bride
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Lady Oracle
Lady Oracle
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Bodily Harm
Bodily Harm
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MaddAddam
MaddAddam
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The Edible Woman
The Edible Woman
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Dancing Girls
Dancing Girls
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Power Politics
Power Politics
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Good Bones
Margaret Atwood
Bluebeard's Egg
Bluebeard's Egg
Margaret Atwood
Wilderness Tips
Wilderness Tips
Margaret Atwood
The Heart Goes Last
The Heart Goes Last
Margaret Atwood

„My trade is courage and atrocities.
I look at them and do not condemn.
I write things down the way they happened,
as near as can be remembered.
I don’t ask why, because it is mostly the same.
Wars happen because the ones who start them
think they can win.“

—  Margaret Atwood, book Morning in the Burned House

Morning in the Burned House (1995), The Loneliness of the Military Historian
Context: Instead of this, I tell
what I hope will pass as truth.
A blunt thing, not lovely.
The truth is seldom welcome,
especially at dinner,
though I am good at what I do.
My trade is courage and atrocities.
I look at them and do not condemn.
I write things down the way they happened,
as near as can be remembered.
I don’t ask why, because it is mostly the same.
Wars happen because the ones who start them
think they can win.

„After a year or two of keeping my head down and trying to pass myself off as a normal person, I made contact with the five other people at my university who were interested in writing“

—  Margaret Atwood

On Writing Poetry (1995)
Context: After a year or two of keeping my head down and trying to pass myself off as a normal person, I made contact with the five other people at my university who were interested in writing; and through them, and some of my teachers, I discovered that there was a whole subterranean Wonderland of Canadian writing that was going on just out of general earshot and sight

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„Do not let the bastards grind you down.“

—  Margaret Atwood, book The Handmaid's Tale

Original: (la) Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
Variant: Do not let the bastards grind you down.
Source: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 9 (p. 52)
Source: The Handmaid's Tale

„Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.“

—  Margaret Atwood

Context: "Why do men feel threatened by women?" I asked a male friend of mine. (I love that wonderful rhetorical device, "a male friend of mine." It's often used by female journalists when they want to say something particularly bitchy but don't want to be held responsible for it themselves. It also lets people know that you do have male friends, that you aren't one of those fire-breathing mythical monsters, The Radical Feminists, who walk around with little pairs of scissors and kick men in the shins if they open doors for you. "A male friend of mine" also gives — let us admit it — a certain weight to the opinions expressed.) So this male friend of mine, who does by the way exist, conveniently entered into the following dialogue. "I mean," I said, "men are bigger, most of the time, they can run faster, strangle better, and they have on the average a lot more money and power." "They're afraid women will laugh at them," he said. "Undercut their world view." Then I asked some women students in a quickie poetry seminar I was giving, "Why do women feel threatened by men?" "They're afraid of being killed," they said.

„Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.“

—  Margaret Atwood, book The Handmaid's Tale

Variant: We lived, as usual by ignoring. Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
Source: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 10 (p. 56)
Source: The Handmaid's Tale

„Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.“

—  Margaret Atwood, book The Handmaid's Tale

Variant: Better never means better for everyone.
Source: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 32 (p. 211)
Source: The Handmaid's Tale
Context: You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, is what he says. We thought we could do better.
Better? I say, in a small voice. How can he think this is better?
Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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