Read at The Paris Review
Margaret Atwood wrote the poem 'Frogless' on a hotel notepad while in Sweden. She said she often writes under these circumstances because there are no distractions and something about jet lag helps break down barriers.
I've written quite a lot under those circumstances. Perhaps it's being in a hotel room or a plane with no ringing phone and no supervision. Also, there's something about jet lag that breaks down the barriers.
Margaret Atwood began her writing career at a young age and has become a dominant figure in Canadian literature. She has published numerous collections of poetry and is best known for her novels. She sparked a debate with her critical study of Canadian literature, claiming it reflected the submissive and survivalist tendencies of the country.
In 1972 Atwood sparked a hot debate when she published a controversial critical study of Canadian literature, Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature. In it she claimed that Canadian literature reflects the submissive as well as survivalist tendencies of the country, born from its being a subordinate ally to the United States, a former colony, and a country with vast stretches of untamed land.