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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  

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July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale...

A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic. Where infertility is rife, the handmaid’s role is to bear children for the ruling class. This chilling book imagines what a backlash to feminism might lead to and though it is horrifying there is also humanity, wit and humour in the writing.

One of Hardeep Singh Kohli's favourite books.

September 2010 Guest Editor Belle de Jour on Margaret Atwood...

Atwood’s books hugely influenced my reading style (though probably not my writing style!). I love the way she weaves research so seamlessly into her stories. In the hands of a lesser writer, some of her books might be mere dystopian sci-fi, but she makes the characters as real as documentary. The Handmaid’s Tale, in particular, influenced a lot how I think about politics, religion, and feminism.

If you like Margaret Atwood you might also like to read books by J G Ballard, Evie Wyld and Glen David Gold.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs...


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One of Atwood's finest pieces of work serves as a great reminder of what humanity is capable of. -- Hannah Dunn * Red * Compulsively readable * Daily Telegraph * Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit -- Peter Kemp * Independent * The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story -- Angela Carter Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic -- Conor Cruise O'Brien * The Listener *


About the Author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

Author photo © George Whiteside

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd January 1998

Author

Margaret Atwood

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www.margaretatwood.ca/

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
The Evergreens
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099740919

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