The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. First edition (1986). First impression. Medium format hardback in very good condition. Scuffing to boards. No internal markings. Pages clean, binding firm. Dust jacket in near fine condition, now in removable protective sleeve.
About The Handmaid's TaleMargaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel set in a not-so-far-from-now future. It was first published in 1985 and has become one of the most acclaimed books in recent history. Furthermore, it has been adapted to many other forms. For example, it was made into a film in 1990, it was also an opera and even a ballet. Later on, it became a graphic novel and in 2017 it turned into a television show. Of course, all of them of great success. Besides it has received many awards and nominations. So, this is a tale of terror, political oppression and control as well savage misogyny. It's a warning of a potential reality waiting to happen.
Overall, the tone of the novel is fiercely political and bleak. Although, it has many moments of wisdom and wit that provides the reader with a breath of fresh air amidst all the horror.
About Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor. Since 1961, she has published 18 books of poetry, 18 novels, 11 books of non-fiction, nine collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and two graphic novels, as well as a number of small press editions of both poetry and fiction. Atwood's works encompass a variety of themes including gender and identity, religion and myth, the power of language, climate change and power politics. Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age.