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The Handmaid's Tale is a radical departure for Margaret Atwood. Set in the near future, in a locale that oddly resembles Cambridge, Massachusetts, it describes life in what was once the United States. Now, however, it has become the Republic of Gilead, a monolithic theocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans, and has gone far beyond them. This regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for women, and for men as well.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate "Handmaids" under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.

The Handmaid's Tale is A Clockwork Orange as seen by women: unexpected, funny, horrifying, and altogether convincing. the book is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. this is Atwood in top form.

Excerpts

We slept in what had become the gymnasium.
added by Lisa. "first sentence"

65 editions First published in 1985

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Cover of: The Handmaid's Tale (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
The Handmaid's Tale (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
May 03, 2017, Thorndike Press Large Print
Cover of: The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in)
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The Handmaid's Tale
Aug 04, 2016, VINTAGE
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The Handmaid's Tale
2012, Vintage Digital
eBook
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The Handmaid's Tale
July 5, 2007, Vintage
Paperback - New Ed edition
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The Handmaid's Tale
2007, Everyman's Library
in English
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The Handmaid's Tale
October 17, 2006, Everyman's Library
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Sargouzasht-e nadiemeh
Sargouzasht-e nadiemeh
2005, Ghoghnoos Publishing
in Faroese - 2nd ed.
Cover of: Il racconto dell'Ancella
Il racconto dell'Ancella
2004, Ponte alle Grazie
in Italian
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The Handmaid's Tale
October 5, 2004, BTC Audiobooks
Audio CD in English - 2 hr/2 CD edition
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The Handmaid's Tale
March 2004, BBC Radio
Audio CD in English
Cover of: Sargouzasht-e nadiemeh
Sargouzasht-e nadiemeh
2004, Ghoghnoos Publishing
in Faroese - 1st ed.
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The Handmaid's Tale
March 2004, BBC Radio
Audio cassette in English
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The Handmaid's Tale
February 2002, Recorded Books
Audio Cassette - Audio Csst edition
Cover of: Sinyŏ iyagi The handmaid's tale
Sinyŏ iyagi The handmaid's tale
2002, Hwanggŭm Kaji
in Korean - 1st rev. ed.
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The Handmaid's Tale
2002, Emblem Editions
in English
Cover of: Príbeh služobníčky
Príbeh služobníčky
2001, Epos
in Slovak
Cover of: El  cuento de la criada
El cuento de la criada
2001, Ediciones B
in Spanish - 1a ed.
Cover of: Shi nu de gu shi =
Shi nu de gu shi =: The handmaid's tale
2001, Yi lin chu ban she
in Chinese
Cover of: Der Report der Magd.
Der Report der Magd.
February 1, 2001, Claassen Verlag
Hardcover in German
Cover of: Jijo no monogatari
Jijo no monogatari
2001, Hayakawa Pub.
in Japanese
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The Handmaid's Tale
1998, Anchor Books
Paperback
Cover of: Der Report der Magd
Der Report der Magd: Roman
1998, Claassen
in German
Cover of: Der Report der Magd.
Der Report der Magd.
May 1, 1998, btb
Paperback in German
Cover of: Orjattaresi
Orjattaresi
1998, Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi
in Finnish
Cover of: Der Report der Magd
Der Report der Magd: Roman
1998, btb
in German
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The Handmaid's Tale
1996, Vintage
in English
Cover of: Galaad 2195
Galaad 2195: (The handmaid's tale)
1995, Editurii Univers
in Romanian
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The Handmaid's Tale
February 1, 1993, Heinemann Educational Publishers
Cover of: Opowieść podręcznej
Opowieść podręcznej
1992, Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy
in Polish - Wyd. 1.
Cover of: Jijo no monogatari
Jijo no monogatari
1990, Shinch@osha
in Japanese
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The Handmaid's Tale
February 1990, Fawcett Books
in English
Cover of: Tjenerindens fortælling
Tjenerindens fortælling
1990, Lindhardt og Ringhof
in Danish
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The Handmaid's Tale
1990, Virago Press
Paperback in English - Movie Tie-In Edition
Cover of: Der Report der Magd.
Der Report der Magd.
1990, Fischer
in German
Cover of: La servante écarlate
La servante écarlate
1990, J'ai lu
in French
Cover of: Der Report der Magd
Der Report der Magd: Roman
1989, Fischer Taschenbuch
in German
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The Handmaid's Tale
1989, McClelland-Bantam
in English
Cover of: El cuento de la criada
El cuento de la criada
1987, Sudamericana
in Spanish
Cover of: La servante écarlate
La servante écarlate
1987, J'ai Lu
in French
Cover of: La servante écarlate
La servante écarlate: roman
1987, Éditions R. Laffont
in French
Cover of: Het verhaal van de dienstmaagd
Het verhaal van de dienstmaagd
1987, B. Bakker
in Dutch
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The Handmaid's Tale
1987, Virago
in English
Cover of: Tjenerinnens beretning
Tjenerinnens beretning
1987, Aschehoug
in Norwegian
Cover of: A história da Aia
A história da Aia
1987, Marco Zero
in Portuguese
Cover of: Saga þernunnar
Saga þernunnar
1987, Almenna
in Icelandic
Cover of: Der Report der Magd.
Der Report der Magd.: Roman
1987, Claassen
in German
Cover of: El Cuento de La Criada
El Cuento de La Criada
January 1987, Sudamericana
Paperback
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The Handmaid's Tale
1987, Virago
in English
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The handmaid's tale
1986, Houghton Mifflin
in English
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, G.K. Hall
in English - [Large print ed].
Cover of: Orjattaresi
Orjattaresi
1986, Kirjayhtymă
in Finnish
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, McClelland & Stewart
in English - Seal ed.
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, Fawcett Crest
in English - 1st American ed.
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Epub in English
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardcover in English
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The Handmaid's Tale
1986, Jonathan Cape
Hardcover in English - 2nd reprint
Cover of: Handmaid's Tale, the
Handmaid's Tale, the
1986, Jonathan Cape
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The Handmaid's Tale
1985, McClelland & Stewart
Hardcover in English
Cover of: The handmaid's tale.
The handmaid's tale.
in Undetermined
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The Handmaid's Tale
1998 04, Anchor Books
Paperback in English - 1st Anchor Books ed.
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The Handmaid's Tale
1991 12, Fawcett Crest
Paperback in English - 1st American edition, 28th printing
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Cover of: The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
Publish date unknown, Virago Press Ltd
Paperback
Cover of: História da Aia, A

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