Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 978-0-7710-0879-5 (0-7710-0879-1)
Pub Date: September 6, 2011
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In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.Review Quotes
Praise for The Handmaid's Tale:
• "Margaret Atwood's novels tickle our deepest sexual and psychological fears. The Handmaid's Tale is a sly and beautifully crafted story about the fate of an ordinary woman caught off guard by extraordinary events. . . . A compelling fable of our time." Glamour
• "This visionary novel, in which God and Government are joined, and America is run as a Puritanical Theocracy, can be read as a companion volume to Orwell's 1984--its verso, in fact. It gives you the same degree of chill, even as it suggests the varieties of tyrannical experience; it evokes the same kind of horror even as its mordant wit makes you smile." E. L. Doctorow
MARGARET ATWOOD is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 40 books--novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and the MaddAddam Trilogy, comprising Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam. Among the awards and honours she has received are the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Premio Mondello (Italy), the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature (Spain), the Dan David Prize (Israel), and the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
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