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THE HANDMAID'S TALE

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THE HANDMAID'S TALE

by Atwood, Margaret

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ISBN 10
0771008139
ISBN 13
9780771008139
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Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Inc., 1985. First edition First printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Signed by Atwood on the title page. "Dystopian novel of a world ruled by militaristic fundamentalism in which sexual pleasure is forbidden." Quoted from Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 4, 4-23. Basis for the 1990 film directed by Volker Schlöndorff, starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, and Elizabeth McGovern. Succeeded by the Hulu television series which began streaming in 2017. Tiny quarter inch tear to the top of the front endpaper, and two extremely tiny bumps to the top of the covers, else fine in fine dust jacket.

Synopsis

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. It depicts a totalitarian world known as Gilead, portraying the subjection of women in a patriarchal society. The near-future New England setting illustrates a bleak portrayal of the world after the United States is overthrown by a fundamentalist group. Society is reorganized by the regime using a peculiar interpretation of some Old Testament ideas, and a new militarized, hierarchical model of social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes. The novel follows the story of a young woman, Offred, who struggles to maintain her identity. It depicts the rebellion of the women in her social class as their ability to read, write, own property, or handle money are lost. Most significantly, women are deprived of control over their own reproductive functions. The Handmaid's Tale was nominated for the first-ever Man Booker International Prize representing the best writers in contemporary fiction. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 35 internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her numerous awards include the Governor General’s Award for The Handmaid’s Tale , and The Giller Prize and Italian Premio Mondello for Alias Grace . The Handmaid’s Tale , Cat’s Eye , Alias Grace , and Oryx and Crake were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, which she won with The Blind Assassin . She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit and the French Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres among many others; she is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Toronto.

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Details

Bookseller
Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
052239
Title
THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Author
Atwood, Margaret
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First edition First printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0771008139
ISBN 13
9780771008139
Publisher
McClelland & Stewart, Inc.
Place of Publication
Toronto
Date Published
1985
Keywords
poetry, litterature

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Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books has been a full-time mail order bookstore since 1984. Beginning with a small inventory of 400 books, we now have over 10,000 books. Though we do not have an open store, every year we exhibit at between 12 to 14 book fairs and events in the Western United States. All our books are listed on line and visitors are welcome by appointment.

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