It's Raining Books Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$22.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
25 Remote Warehouse Environmental Studies- General

Mother Country

by

Mother Country Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this powerful, eloquent, and elucidating essay, Marilynne Robinson has pinpointed exactly the motives and the mythology and the reality behind the destruction of our planet. The Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Great Britain is a perfect metaphor for twentieth-century genocide. Not the small, insane eruptions of eradication that took place in Hitler's Germany, but rather that routine, day-to-day, thoroughly "democratic" envenomation of the planet by a current industrial magic (encouraged, or at least condoned, by almost everybody), which threatens to terminate everything on earth in the quite foreseeable future.<P>Robinson's book is as powerful a contribution to the literature of revelation and protest as was that seminal photographic essay by W. Eugene and Aileen Smith on Minamata's disease fifteen years ago. It is as bloodcurdling as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, as thought-provoking and prophetic as the best works of people like Barry Commoner and Loren Eiseley.<P>This is a work of great intelligence and fine investigative reporting. It is also a lucid interpretation of history, and very important in its discussions of the roots of current dilemmas. And lastly, Mother Country is courageous, and marvelous literature at its best.

Synopsis:

At the time when Robinson wrote this book, the largest known source of radioactive contamination of the world's environment was a government-owned nuclear plant called Sellafield, not far from Wordsworth's cottage in the Lakes District; one child in sixty was dying from leukemia in the village closest to the plant. The central question of this eloquently impassioned book is: How can a country that we persist in calling a welfare state consciously risk the lives of its people for profit.
 
Mother Country is a 1989 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

About the Author

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Robinson is also the author of the nonfiction books Absence of Mind and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and lives in Iowa City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374526597
Author:
Robinson, Marilynne
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
261
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. Vera: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov (Modern...
    Used Trade Paper $3.50
  2. Magnificat in D and the Six Motets... New Trade Paper $19.95
  3. A day at the beach :recollections Used Hardcover $5.95
  4. 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon 2ND... Used Trade Paper $9.95
  5. Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth New Hardcover $12.97
  6. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to...
    Used Trade Paper $8.50

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Social and Economic History
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

Mother Country New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$22.00 In Stock
Product details 261 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374526597 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
At the time when Robinson wrote this book, the largest known source of radioactive contamination of the world's environment was a government-owned nuclear plant called Sellafield, not far from Wordsworth's cottage in the Lakes District; one child in sixty was dying from leukemia in the village closest to the plant. The central question of this eloquently impassioned book is: How can a country that we persist in calling a welfare state consciously risk the lives of its people for profit.
 
Mother Country is a 1989 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.