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Bankers and literature

In Uncategorized on 11/07/2018 at 7:02 am

(Part of an occassional series on how literature potrays those who “do God’s work”: “Bankers do God’s work,” Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and chief executive, of Goldman Sachs said in 2009. In all probability he said “Bankers do God’s work” in jest. But  Émile Zoladoesn’t seem to agree.

His 1891 classic L’Argent (Money), “the story of a hugely ambitious banker, creator of the Universal Bank, who ends up using bank funds to buy the bank’s shares on the Bourse, in the ultimately vain hope of fending off collapse”.

Well if you read the financial press, these things really happen. Just google.

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