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The universal solvent: Debt

Through the lens of literature

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The glue that holds society together

Debt as a motif and theme is explained, especially in 19th century literature. Canada's premier novelist, Margaret Atwood, joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss how our notion of debt can be better understood through literature.

Remember those 19th century novels they wanted you to read in school?

"Jane Austen", "Wuthering Heights", "Sense and Sensibility", "Madame Bovery", "Great Expectations", and all the other Charles Dickens novels.

There's a huge theme running through all of them: money, debt and debts that can't be paid.