Cover of: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a strongly patriarchal, totalitarian theonomic state, known as the Republic of Gilead, which has overthrown the United States government. The central character and narrator is a woman named Offred, one of the group known as "handmaids", who are forcibly assigned to produce children for the "commanders" — the ruling class of men in Gilead.

The novel explores themes of subjugated women in a patriarchal society, loss of female agency and individuality, and the various means by which they resist and attempt to gain individuality and independence.

The Handmaid's Tale won the 1985 Governor General's Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award.



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Copyright Date
1985

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Paperback
Pagination
358p.
Number of pages
358

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OL28753163M
Internet Archive
handmaidstale0000atwo_h2a0
ISBN 10
0771008791
ISBN 13
9780771008795
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59993527

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