The Tent (Atwood book)
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” collection of “fictional essays" or “mini-fictions.” 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.
The pieces in the book are:
- The War in the Bathroom
- The Man from Mars
- Under Glass
- The Grave of the Famous Poet
- Rape Fantasies
- Hair Jewllery
- When It Happens
- A Travel Piece
- The Resplendent Quetzal
- Lives of the Poets
- Dancing Grils
- Giving Birth
- 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
- 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
- Helm, Richard (Jan 23, 2007), "Atwood sounds the alarm: Author and conservationist reads the doomsday clock", Edmonton Journal, pp. D. 1. Fro
- Caple, Natalee (Jan 21, 2006), "Writing Life: Atwood collects 'bite-sized' mini-fictions in The Tent", Calgary Herald, pp. F. 1. Fro
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