The Handmaid's Tale - The Handmaid's Tale (Hardback)Margaret Atwood (author)
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An unforgettable portrait of defiance and authoritarian rule, The Handmaid's Tale a classic dystopian vision of a terrifyingly believable future. A powerful, devastatingly wry exploration of female oppression, it has resounding resonance for our times.
A classic work of feminist fiction, a frighteningly real dystopia that speaks afresh to every new generation of readers.
A chair, a table, a lamp. Above, on the white ceiling, a relief ornament in the shape of a wreath, and in the centre of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out. There must have been a chandelier, once. They’ve removed anything you could tie a rope to.
Offred lives in The Republic of Gilead, to some a utopian vision of the future, a place of safety, a place where everyone has a purpose, a function. But 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.
This powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm
"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
"The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling" - Linda Taylor ,Sunday Times