Atwood’s dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale

We all have those books on our must-read list, and I finally got round to checking this one off of mine and found that this speculative feminist fiction still has a lot of relevance today.

Born from the anti-feminist movements of the 1980’s, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. Drawing on the socio-political issues of the time, Atwood sets her novel in a dystopian future where women have lost all rights.

With the deep rooted themes and issues raised, Atwood’s Handmaid has a selection of awards under its belt and adaptations across different mediums including film, radio and opera. This is one novel that has undoubtedly stood the test of time, even with its future setting.

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