Michael Herbert

A Canadian Mistresspiece

Life Before Man

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Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, and the archetypal Canadian concerns are there for all to fmd in her latest novel, from the pOlitics of the extreme centre to the paranoid schizophrenia that Ms Atwood herself (in her lively study of Canadian literature, Survival) diagnoses as the national illness of her fellow ‘exiles and invaders’, with their tensions and choices to pull them in opposite directions.

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