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What are We Doing Here?

Marilynne Robinson

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Literary essays

New essays by the Orange and Pulitzer Prize winning author of GILEAD, HOME and LILA. In this collection, Marilynne Robinson, one of today's most important thinkers - admired by President Obama, and so many others - impels us to action and offers us hope.

New essays by the Orange and Pulitzer Prize winning author of GILEAD, HOME and LILA. In this collection, Marilynne Robinson, one of today's most important thinkers - admired by President Obama, and so many others - impels us to action and offers us hope.

Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including LILA, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; HOME, winner of the Orange Prize; and GILEAD, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? is a call to continue the tradition of the great thinkers and to remake political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theatre of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."

In our era of rampant political and cultural pessimism, we run the risk of becoming bogged down in disillusionment and of losing sight of ways out of the mire. In WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson offers us balm: impelling us to action, but offering us hope.

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Praise for What are We Doing Here?

  • Grace and intelligence . . . [her work] defines universal truths about what it means to be human

  • Robinson urges her audience to stand by what makes us human - "creative, knowing, efficacious, deeply capable of loyalty". The argument is sophisticated and persuasive - Guardian

  • A bracing, stringent book that continually challenges the reader - Telegraph

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Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Women's Prize for Fiction and she has twice been nominated for the International Booker Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. She lives in Iowa.

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