The Tent (Atwood book)

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The Tent is a book by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 2006. Although classified with Atwood’s short fiction, The Tent has been characterized as an “experimental”[1] collection of “fictional essays"[2] or “mini-fictions.”[3] The work also incorporates line drawings by Atwood.

The collection features themes familiar in Atwood’s works, including a feminist portrayal of “national” childhood, the burdens of fame, and the reworking of Classical mythology.

Several of the pieces included in The Tent were previously published to benefit a variety of organizations, the royalties being donated to the World Wildlife Federation, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Earthquake Charities, the Hay-On-Wye Festival in Wales, and the Harbourfront Reading Series in Toronto.[4]

The pieces in the book are:

  1. The War in the Bathroom
  2. The Man from Mars
  3. Polarities
  4. Under Glass
  5. The Grave of the Famous Poet
  6. Rape Fantasies
  7. Hair Jewllery
  8. When It Happens
  9. A Travel Piece
  10. The Resplendent Quetzal
  11. Training
  12. Lives of the Poets
  13. Dancing Grils
  14. Giving Birth


  1. ^ Wiersema, Robert (Sep 24, 2006), "Three's the charm: It's Margaret Atwood's third book in a year -- and her most powerful", The Ottawa Citizen, pp. C. 1. Fro 
  2. ^ Blais, Jacqueline (May 20, 2007), "Summer lovin'; During those lazy, crazy, hazy days, nothing beats kicking back with a good read, whether it's the latest in literature or a juicy guilty pleasure", Calgary Herald, pp. C. 1. Fro 
  3. ^ Helm, Richard (Jan 23, 2007), "Atwood sounds the alarm: Author and conservationist reads the doomsday clock", Edmonton Journal, pp. D. 1. Fro 
  4. ^ Caple, Natalee (Jan 21, 2006), "Writing Life: Atwood collects 'bite-sized' mini-fictions in The Tent", Calgary Herald, pp. F. 1. Fro