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The paradoxes of sustainability and Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island
Hannes Bergthaller

dwellers in Indonesia (World Commission 1987: 254). As it was laid out in Our Common Future, the notion of sustainable development erased customary boundaries between political, economic and environmental problems. It combined a critique of traditional notions of economic development with an equally trenchant critique of mainstream environmentalism – a critique which had already absorbed some of the most important lessons of the emergent environmental justice movement. But in order to fully appreciate the merits of the Brundtland Report, as well as the peculiar pathos of

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The sense of an ending in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods
Adeline Johns-Putra

environment have been translated by corporate accountants into the ‘triple bottom line’ (Elkington 1997: 2), where success is judged by offsetting and optimising performance in all three areas rather than treating social and environmental justice as absolute goods. At the same time, one could say that the invitation to read sustainability as radical change and recalibration is buried within the Brundtland Commission report. The Commission’s conclusion, reached after four years of collating and synthesising expert and public opinion, was that ‘a new development path was

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