Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021


This brilliant selection of essays—funny, erudite, endlessly curious, uncannily prescient—seeks answers to Burning Questions such as:

• Why do people everywhere, in all cultures, tell stories?
• How much of yourself can you give away without evaporating?
• How can we live on our planet?
• Is it true? And is it fair?
• What do zombies have to do with authoritarianism?

In over fifty pieces Atwood aims her prodigious intellect and impish humor at the world, and reports back to us on what she finds. The roller-coaster period covered in the collection brought an end to the end of history, a financial crash, the rise of Trump and a pandemic. From debt to tech, the climate crisis to freedom, from when to dispense advice to the young (answer: only when asked) and how to define granola, we have no better guide than Atwood to the many and varied mysteries of our universe.

About Authors

Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood

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 writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, 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), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth ­ in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.

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تسعى هذه المجموعة الرائعة من المقالات - المضحكة ، والمثقفة ، والفضولية إلى ما لا نهاية ، نافذة البصيرة - إلى إجابات لأسئلة ملحة مثل:

• لماذا يروي الناس القصص في كل مكان وفي كل الثقافات؟
• ما المقدار الذي يمكنك التخلي عنه من نفسك دون أن تتبخر؟
• كيف يمكننا أن نعيش على كوكبنا؟
• هل هذا صحيح؟ وهل هذا عادل؟
• ما علاقة الزومبي بالاستبداد؟

في أكثر من خمسين قطعة ، تستهدف أتوود ذكاءها المذهل وروح الدعابة الشيطانية في العالم ، وتبلغنا بما تجده. تلك الفترة التي غطتها المجموعة من نهاية التاريخ ، والانهيار المالي ، وصعود ترامب ، والوباء. من الديون إلى التكنولوجيا ، ومن أزمة المناخ إلى الحرية ، ومتى وقت تقديم المشورة للشباب (الإجابة: عند السؤال فقط) وكيفية تعريف الجرانولا ، ليس لدينا دليل أفضل من آتوود للعديد من الألغاز المتنوعة لكوننا.

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