Democracy by Margaret Atwood

Democracy by Margaret Atwood – Eleven writers and leaders on what it is – and why it matters – is a book published recently. I saw it while I was on holiday in France and my husband bought it for me. As yesterday was a general election in UK and today the results are out, I thought this is the best time to share the review for this book.

It was written by 11 women. The reason it caught my eyes was one of the contributors, Kaja Kallas, the Estorian PM. I follow her on social media and I love her clarity and stance on foreign affairs.

Democracy by Margaret Atwood

In the blurb is mentioned that this year nearly half the world will take part in a national election. This means that billions of people will vote. The authors are politicians like Kaja or historians like Mary Beard or fiction writers like Elif Shafak. Their background is so varied, with authors’ nationalities being American, British, Estonian, Turkish, Nigerian, Kosovan, and a few more. This makes the book so interesting, being incredible diverse.

I liked Kaja’s chapter best, but overall it is a mix with some better than others. While my rating for the book is of 4 stars, I highly recommend it. With 11 authors, loving each chapter was never going to happen, naturally.

Democracy by Margaret Atwood

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Profile Books
Year it was published: 2024
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Politics
Pages: 144

About the author: Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She was President of the Writers’ Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current Vice-President of PEN International.

Lea Ypi is professor of political theory at London School of Economics, and adjunct associate professor of philosophy at the Australian National University, with expertise in Marxism and critical theory. A native of Albania, she has degrees in philosophy and in literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a Ph.D. from the European University Institute and was a post-doctoral prize research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and is a fellow of Newnham College. She became Professor of Classics at Cambridge in 2004. She is also the Visiting Sather Professor of Classical Literature for 2008–2009 at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has delivered a series of lectures on “Roman Laughter”.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow.

Erica Benner is a political philosopher and historian of ideas. She has taught at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and is the author of, among others, Really Existing Nationalisms, Be Like the Fox, and Adventures in Democracy. She currently teaches at the Hertie School for Governance in Berlin, LSE Ideas in London and for academic programmes in Sweden and China.

Kaja Kallas has been the Prime Minister of Estonia since 2021, the first woman to serve in the role. The leader of Estonia’s Reform Party since 2018, she was a member of the European Parliament between 2014 and 2018. Before entering politics, she was a lawyer specialising in European competition law.

Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu is a Kosovan jurist and politician who has served as the 5th and current president of Kosovo since 4 April 2021.

Adela Raz is an Afghan politician who served as the last ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States from July 2021 to February 2022.

Yuan Yang is a British-Chinese journalist currently serving as the Financial Times Europe-China correspondent, based in the UK. Yang was born in China and moved to England when she was four. She attended Oxford University where she studied politics, philosophy, and economics.

Lola Shoneyin is a Nigerian poet and author who launched her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, in the UK in May 2010.

Aditi Mittal is a comedian, writer and actor. She has produced two stand-up specials for Netflix.
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