A beautiful new edition of a perennial classic - ten of the best books ever written, reissued to celebrate 30 years of VINTAGE
MOST LOVED. MOST RED. Ten must-read modern classics.
'Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down.'
Imagine a world where women's bodies are controlled by men. Where society has descended into religious patriarchy and censorship. Where the environment has been destroyed and a powerful few hold the reins to all wealth and freedom. Welcome to Gilead. This is the story of Offred, a Handmaid forced into sexual servitude, in the country once known as the USA.
Atwood's Handmaids have become a symbol of feminist resistance. This masterpiece blurs the boundaries between fiction and news headlines.
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY NAOMI ALDERMAN
“A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist”
Bernadine Evaristo, author of GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER
“The mother of all feminist dystopian novels.”
Sarra Manning, Red
“The novel satirises the strain of evangelical puritanism in American culture and the objectification and control of women’s bodies. It is more broadly a contemporary myth of despotic power, and how such power deforms those who are subjected to it.”
Tim Adams, Observer
“One of Atwood’s finest pieces of work serves as a great reminder of what humanity is capable of.”
Hannah Dunn, Red
“Margaret Atwood is a wry and perceptive observer of society as well as an original storyteller”
Cecilia Heyes, Psychologist
“Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit and astute perception”
“This is a novel pervaded by violence, sex, terror, but also by contemplation, analysis and – occasionally – by hope… Atwood shockingly reveals what we could be capable of.”
Elly McCausland, Cherwell Newspaper