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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Reviews

Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit

Peter Kemp, Independent

'The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story'

Angela Carter

Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic

Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Listener

The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling

Linda Taylor, Sunday Times

Powerful...admirable

Robert Irwin, Time Out

It's hard to believe it is 25 years since it was first published, but its freshness, its anger and its disciplined, taut prose have grown more admirable in the intervening years... Atwood's novel was an ingenious enterprise that showed, with out hysteria, the real dangers to women of closing their eyes to patriarchal

Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday

Turned 25 this year and...worth re-reading. As you grow, such books grow with you

Erica Wagner, The Times, Christmas round up

Fiercely political and bleak, yet witting and wise...this novel seems ever more vital in the present day

Observer

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  • Paperback

    9781784870966

    August 29, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    336 pages

    RRP $15.99

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