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The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

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  • hardcover
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Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1985. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near fine first edition. Binding tight and square. Stain to bottom of text block and minor wear to bottom of spine and adjacent bottom of boards. Discreet previous owner's embossed stamp to bottom of front end paper. Fine jacket with no tears or creases. Not price clipped. A very nice copy. A searing dystopian novel by the great Canadian author. Basis for a movie, an opera, and a successful TV series.

Synopsis

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. It depicts a totalitarian world known as Gilead, portraying the subjection of women in a patriarchal society. The near-future New England setting illustrates a bleak portrayal of the world after the United States is overthrown by a fundamentalist group. Society is reorganized by the regime using a peculiar interpretation of some Old Testament ideas, and a new militarized, hierarchical model of social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes. The novel follows the story of a young woman, Offred, who struggles to maintain her identity. It depicts the rebellion of the women in her social class as their ability to read, write, own property, or handle money are lost. Most significantly, women are deprived of control over their own reproductive functions. The Handmaid's Tale was nominated for the first-ever Man Booker International Prize representing the best writers in contemporary fiction. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 35 internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her numerous awards include the Governor General’s Award for The Handmaid’s Tale , and The Giller Prize and Italian Premio Mondello for Alias Grace . The Handmaid’s Tale , Cat’s Eye , Alias Grace , and Oryx and Crake were all shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, which she won with The Blind Assassin . She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit and the French Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres among many others; she is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Toronto.

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book dealer
Sellers & Newel Second-Hand Books CA (CA)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
10002
Title
The Handmaid's Tale
Author
Margaret Atwood
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Place of Publication
Toronto
Date Published
1985
Pages
324
Keywords
literature, dystopia, Canadian
Size
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall

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spine
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fine
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