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The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale

by Atwood, Margaret

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First Canadian edition, first impression (McClelland and Stewart, 1985). Jacket artwork by Tad Aronowicz. The basis for the successful on-going TV series.

Publisher's cream and dark red cloth with white lettering to spine and dark red endpapers and paste-downs. Some of the usual rubbing to head and foot of spine with a couple of very minor knocks to corners. Better than very good otherwise with contents nice and clean and free from names and inscriptions.

The original and unclipped dust jacket has some shallow chipping to spine ends with a few tears to edges and a couple of tape repairs to verso. A very good example overall.

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’s Inventory #
1476183139048
Title
The Handmaid's Tale
Author
Atwood, Margaret
Book condition
second hand - Very Good+
Jacket condition
Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First, Handmaid's Tale, Atwood
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
McClelland and Stewart
Date Published
1985
Keywords
Atwood, Handmaid's Tale, First
Bookseller catalogs
Modern First Editions; Books to Film; Dystopian Fiction; Margaret Atwood;

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