The Handmaid's Tale (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)
Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (10/28/2014)
MP3 CD (7/22/2014)
Mass Market Paperback (12/1/1986)
Paperback, Chinese (7/30/2020)
Paperback, Vietnamese (10/18/2019)
Compact Disc, Abridged, Abridged (10/1/2004)
A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time. Margaret Atwood is “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times).
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules.
Like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Handmaid's Tale has endured not only as a literary landmark but as a warning of a possible future that is still chillingly relevant.
Praise For The Handmaid's Tale (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)…
"The Handmaid's Tale is in the honorable tradition of Brave New World and other warnings of dystopia. It's imaginative even audacious, and conveys a chilling sense of fear and menace."-The Globe and Mail
"The Handmaid's Tale brings out the very best in Atwood--moral vision, biting humor, and a poet's imagination."-Chatelaine
Everyman's Library, 9780307264602, 400pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2006