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The Handmaid's Tale by  Margaret Atwood - First edition - 1986 - from Barker Books & Vintage (SKU: 29212)

The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale

by Atwood, Margaret

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. First printing, near fine hardcover shows a very faint stain at page fore edges and some other mild trace wear, in near fine dust jacket (price at flap) that shows light wrinkling at spine head and toning to perimeter of rear panel and inner flaps. 311 pages. Still a pleasing copy of this first printing of Atwood's dystopian novel that has recently been turned into the popular television series of the same name.

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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book dealer
Barker Books & Vintage US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
29212
Title
The Handmaid's Tale
Author
Atwood, Margaret
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Company
Date Published
1986
Keywords
Antiques; Collectibles; Rare Books ; Spokane, WA; Used Books; ; ;

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About Barker Books & Vintage

Welcome to Barker Books & Vintage. We are a brick and mortar retailer of carefully selected books, antiques, and vintage items, located in Spokane, Washington (north of downtown on Monroe Street). Our special emphasis on quality books includes a broad range of titles with particular interest given to those being uncommon or collectible. We have been in business over twenty years with eight years at our present location. Please visit or call with any questions.

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