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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale


Book Overview: The Handmaid's Tale

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from "the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction" (The New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.

Look for The Testaments, the bestselling, award-winning the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

In Margaret Atwood's dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead's commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic.

Includes an introduction by Margaret Atwood

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PublisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date1998-03-16
Edition1st Anchor Books
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Margaret Atwood, an internationally celebrated Canadian author, poet, and essayist, possesses a reputation for her thought-provoking examinations of feminist and environmental themes. She was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her breakout work, "The Handmaid's Tale," published in 1985, solidified Atwood as a powerful voice in contemporary literature. The novel has been adapted into a critically acclaimed television show, further elevating her status and influence. Her expansive portfolio includes more than 20 works of fiction, an assortment of poetry collections, and various thought pieces in renowned literary magazines. Atwood's commitment to her craft started early, with her first poem published while in high school. After obtaining her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College, Atwood spent years as an English professor at various universities, instilling her admiration of literature in countless students. Beyond teaching, Atwood's career is a fusion of accolades and acknowledgments, such as the Booker Prize for "The Blind Assassin," the Governor General's Award for Fiction in Canada for "The Handmaid's Tale," and the Golden Booker Prize commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Booker Prize. While Margaret Atwood's work delves deep into complex themes of dystopias, societal power structures, and the human condition, it also yields a sense of hope. She is recognized today as a visionary author who uses the medium of speculative fiction to question and challenge societal issues. As Atwood herself professes, she may peer into the abyss of the human experience, but she also comes back with insights of profound resilience. Her substantial contributions to literature and society set her standing as a critical figure in contemporary literature.


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