The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

In Brief

A first-person account of life in the former USA, after the government has been overthrown by a fascist theocracy. In the Republic of Gilead, women have been stripped of all rights and are allocated specific roles. The heroine is a Handmaid: her only function is to bear children.

Why you should read it

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and nominated for the Booker Prize, this dystopian work of “speculative fiction” from 1985 is still a powerful warning of what could be. With all its elements of oppression drawn from real events in human history, Atwood’s repressive Republic is not as unimaginable as we would wish.

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