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    Surfacing (Virago Press) (Paperback) By (author) Margaret Atwood

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    DescriptionA 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.


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    Title
    Surfacing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margaret Atwood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 180 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780860680642
    ISBN 10: 0860680649
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGM1010
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: KANA1510
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    29 March 1979
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet and has published more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. Her latest novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.
    Review quote
    Utterly absorbing and satisfying Sunday TIMES One of the most important novels of the twentieth century...utterly remarkable New York TIMES A deep understanding of human behaviour Marilyn French A novelist and poet of great gifts GUARDIAN
    Review text
    Themes of some of her poems - a "universe. . . that survives only by devouring parts of itself," and man or woman as a lonely and primeval (often "furry") animal - are all part of this novel which is as charged and delusional as the talented Edible Woman although her heroine, a young woman whose life becomes a repudiation of it, is far less appealing. She has reached a point of seeming no return where nothing exists except the memories which surface and which are as bitter as alum. . . of a mother who died of a tumor of the brain. . . a young brother who drowned. . . a married man she perhaps loved until she had to abort his child. . . a father she now attempts to find on an island in the north of Quebec. He has disappeared and actually he's as dead as the heron they find strung up by some predators. She is there with three others - a young couple who have played desperate games of contention for nine years and a surly, physical man she cannot possibly love. They canoe, fish, look for her father's mapped rock painting. To complement and supplement her own voided existence, there is the wilderness threatened by "the Americans," by the "hospital or the zoo," and by all that confines, defaces or destroys. . . . Miss Atwood is a remarkable writer with a style that's clear and clean and close to the bone but since her heroine is so exempt from feeling, it still remains a kind of suicide chic even where she distances beyond those lost causes (the ecology, liberation, etc.) we consider fashionable. (Kirkus Reviews)