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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0860680649
  • 9780860680642
  • 68,320

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Vividly reflecting the depths and contours dominating the landscape of a remote part of Quebec, this is the poignant and mythical tale of one woman's spiritual pilgrimage. The narrative is both laconic and intense, and as the story unfolds, the reader is made increasingly aware of the fragility of social conventions and so-called human nature. First published in 1972, Surfacing has been hailed as one of the most important novels of this century. (Kirkus UK)show more

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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 GUARDIANshow more

About Margaret Atwood

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 more

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2 13% (2,075)
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