Written by Margaret Atwood
Publication Date July 12, 2012
When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves. Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent, compulsively readable prose, Survival is simultaneously a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: "What have been the central preoccupations of our poetry and fiction?" Her answer is "survival and victims."
Atwood applies this thesis in twelve brilliant, witty, and impassioned chapters; from Moodie to MacLennan to Blais, from Pratt to Purdy to Gibson, she lights up familiar books in wholly new perspectives. This new edition features a foreword by the author.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her most recent books include the novel The Heart Goes Last (2015) and a collection of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Forthcoming in 2016 are Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and Angel Catbird — featuring a cat-bird superhero — a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas. She is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, has won the Man Booker Award and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.