The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
A Novel
Margaret Atwood

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

Title The Handmaid's Tale
Subtitle A Novel
Author Margaret Atwood
Publisher Anchor Books
Title First Published 16 March 1998
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 038549081X
ISBN-13 9780385490818
Publication Date 16 March 1998
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.

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