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The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Offred is a national resource. In the Republic of Gilead her viable ovaries make her a precious commodity, and the state allows her only one function: to breed. As a Handmaid she carries no name except her Master’s, for whose barren wife she must act as a surrogate. But Offred cannot help remembering subversive details of her former life: her mother, her lover, her child, her real name, woman having jobs and being allowed to read, fun, ‘freedom’. Dissenters are supposed to end up either at the Wall, where they are hanged, or in the Colonies, to die a lingering death from radiation sickness. But the irrepressible Moira shows Offred that it is possible to cheat the system.


About the Author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in November 1939 in Ottawa and is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays.

Her work is acclaimed internationally and has been translated into thirty-three languages. She is the recipient of many literary awards and honours from various countries. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, with writer Graeme Gibson.

Margaret Atwood won the Booker Prize for the first time in 2000 with The Blind Assassin but has been shortlisted for it three times in; 1986 with The Handmaid’s Tale, 1996 with Alias Grace and most recently in 2003 with her eleventh novel Oryx and Crake. Margaret was also nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in both 2005 and 2007.