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The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

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9780449212608
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New York: Ballantine / Fawcett Crest, February 1987. Mass Market Paperback. 21st printing, December 1989. Very Good. Interior unmarked, but lightly tanned. Spine straight and tight with light spine crease. Cover clean and bright with front hinge crease. Edgewear. 395 pages.

Winner of the 1985 Governor General's (Canada) Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. Adapted into a 1990 film, a 2000 opera, a television series, and other media. It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.

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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Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000000715
Title
The Handmaid's Tale
Author
Margaret Atwood
Format/binding
Mass Market Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Quantity available
1
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0449212602
ISBN 13
9780449212608
Publisher
Ballantine / Fawcett Crest
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
February 1987
Keywords
fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, dystopian, theonomy
Bookseller catalogs
Science Fiction; Fiction; Religion & Spirituality; Canada;

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