Kanada, in den 1930er Jahren: Laura, fünfzehnjährige Tochter eines Fabrikanten, verfällt einem Gewerkschaftsagitator. Doch auch für ihre Schwester Iris verkörpert er das romantische Ideal eines Mannes. Als Laura von seinem Tod erfährt, begeht sie Selbstmord. Zurück bleibt ein Manuskript mit dem Titel »Der blinde Mörder«, das Laura postum berühmt macht. Aber ist sie wirklich die Autorin? Iris versucht Jahre später, sich rückblickend Klarheit über die Geschehnisse zu verschaffen.
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2009-09-03
Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.
Four of Margaret Atwood's best novels, in one volume! In The Handmaid's Tale, a multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. The Blind Assassin: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” These words are spoken by Iris Chase Griffen, married at eighteen to a wealthy industrialist but now poor and eighty-two. Iris recalls her far from exemplary life, and the events leading up to her sister’s death, gradually revealing the carefully guarded Chase family secrets. Among these is “The Blind Assassin,” a novel that earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, it was a pulp fantasy improvised by two unnamed lovers who meet secretly in rented rooms and seedy cafés. As this novel-within-a-novel twists and turns through love and jealousy, self-sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real narrative, as both move closer to war and catastrophe. Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning sensation combines elements of gothic drama, romantic suspense, and science fiction fantasy in a spellbinding tale. In Alias Grace, Atwood takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances? And finally, The Robber Bride, inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three "have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.
Toronto, 1843: Das junge Dienstmädchen Grace wird mit sechzehn des Doppelmordes an ihren Arbeitgebern schuldig gesprochen. In letzter Sekunde wandelt das Gericht ihr Todesurteil in eine lebenslange Gefängnisstrafe um. Sie verbringt Jahre hinter Gittern, bis man sie schließlich entlässt. Im Haushalt des Anstaltdirektors begegnet sie dem Nervenarzt Simon, der ihrer Geschichte auf den Grund gehen will: Ist Grace eine gemeingefährliche Verbrecherin oder unschuldig? Margaret Atwood hat einen Roman von hypnotischer Spannung geschrieben, der die Geschichte einer realen Gestalt, einer der berüchtigtsten Frauen Kanadas erzählt.
Author: Jonathan Noakes
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2012-05-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
In Vintage Living Texts teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Margaret Atwood. This guide will deal with her themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will be accompanied with likely exam questions, and contexts and comparisons - as well as providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.
Sight plays a pivotal role in Margaret Atwood's Booker Prize-winning novel, The Blind Assassin (2001). Sight and blindness are manifested on multiple levels, with multiple implications, within the intertwining narratives of the novel. The novel's treatment of sight, however, is largely negative, mirroring the increasingly ocularphobic discourse (particularly that in France) during the twentieth century. This discourse challenged the reliability and validity of sight and perception, as well as the ideologies based on a visual conception of the world. In the novel, treatment of sight can be separated into three categories: unreliability of sight, fear and mistrust of sight, and blindness as the ultimate solution to the problems posed by sight. Chapter 1 studies the use of photographs and mirrors in the novel in order to expose the deficiencies of sight: sight is not reliable because it is subjective and because the visual does not represent fully the human mind or experience. Another mechanism that undermines sight is discussed in Chapter 2, which examines four scopic structures that are employed in order to establish a fear and mistrust of sight in the novel. These four scopic structures include the gaze of the absent mother/father, God, the Panopticon, and the lover. Sight is not only unreliable, but it is also something to be feared, even when the look emanates from a supposedly benign subject. Like many French ocularphobic theorists, the novel refuses to posit neither the restoration of nor an alternative to sight. Blindness is the novel's ultimate solution to the deficiencies of and imprisonment in a sight-based world. The blind carpet-weavers believe that only the blind are free, a conclusion that Iris ultimately agrees with. Despite the disastrous consequences produced by her blindness, Iris prefers blindness because it is, she says, what ultimately allows us to live. Iris' preference for blindness, however, is based on aconfused definition of sight. However, s.
Als Kind wegen ihres unglaublichen Übergewichts gehänselt und von der eigenen Mutter abgelehnt, findet Joan Foster in ihrer ebenso dicken wie skurrilen Tante Lou eine Verbündete. Als diese stirbt, hinterläßt sie Joan ein Vermögen. Doch der Anspruch auf das Erbe ist an eine Bedingung geknüpft: Joan muß 40 Kilo abnehmen, um in den Genuss des Geldes zu kommen. Mit gewohnt spitzer Feder setzt Margaret Atwood in »Lady Orakel« zu einem Rundumschlag gegen menschliche Schwächen an und entwirft wie nebenbei das Porträt einer ganz und gar ungewöhnlichen Frau auf der Suche nach ihrer Identität.
»Katzenauge«, einer der erfolgreichsten Romane von Margaret Atwood, erzählt von der schillernden Gefühlswelt kleiner Mädchen. Die erwachsene Elaine erinnert sich an ihre Freundschaft mit Cordelia, die, grausam und schlagfertig, der Quälgeist ihrer jungen Jahre war. Ein großer Roman über die Kindheit und die von Hassliebe geprägte Beziehung zweier Frauen.
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
Release Date: 2017-04-17
Alles ist Illusion – Margaret Atwoods Verneigung vor dem großen Bühnenmagier William Shakespeare Felix ist ein begnadeter Theatermacher und in der Szene ein Star. Seine Inszenierungen sind herausfordernd, aufregend, legendär. Nun will er Shakespeares „Der Sturm“ auf die Bühne bringen. Das soll ihn noch berühmter machen – und ihm helfen, eine private Tragödie zu vergessen. Doch nach einer eiskalten Intrige seiner engsten Mitarbeiter zieht sich Felix zurück, verliert sich in Erinnerungen und sinnt auf Rache. Die Gelegenheit kommt zwölf Jahre später, als ein Zufall die Verräter in seine Nähe bringt. In ihrem brillanten Roman schafft die große kanadische Autorin Margaret Atwood mit der Figur des Theaterdirektors Felix ein würdiges Pendant zu Shakespeares Prospero aus „Der Sturm“, jenes Zauberers, der als ein Selbstporträt des alternden Barden aus Stratford-on-Avon gilt.
Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around—and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. From the Hardcover edition.
Macht, Milliarden und Mord im Amerika der Kennedys. James Ellroy erzählt von der Kehrseite des Mythos jener Jahre. Es ist auch die Geschichte eines vielfachen Verrats und einer Männerfreundschaft zwischen zwei ungleichen FBI-Agenten, deren erbittertster Widersacher im Sold des Multimillionärs Howard Hughes steht.
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2012-06-28
A young woman returns to northern Quebec to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realise that going home means entering not only another place but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she sees that what she is really looking for is her own past.