Payback

Payback

Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Audiobook CD - 2008
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The most prestigious and eagerly anticipated nonfiction series of the year teams up with legendary poet, novelist, and essayist Margaret Atwood to deliver a surprising look at the topic of debt - a timely subject during our current period of economic upheaval, caused by the collapse of a system of interlocking debts. In her wide ranging, entertaining, and imaginative approach to the subject, Atwood proposes that debt is like air - something we take for granted until things go wrong. And then, while gasping for breath, we become very interested in it. Payback is not a series of lectures about practical debt management or high finance, although it does touch upon these subjects. Rather, it is an investigation into the idea of debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies. By investigating how debt has informed our thinking from preliterate times to the present day through the stories we tell each other, through our concepts of balance, revenge, and sin, and in the way we form our social relationships, Atwood shows that the idea of what we owe one another - in other words, debt - is built into the human imagination and is one of its most dynamic metaphors.
Publisher: Toronto : CBC Audio, c2008.
ISBN: 9780660198309
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (ca 300 min.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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