A radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, this story is told with such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest by reverting to a society of repressive intolerance.
In 1987, The Handmaid’s Tale won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in the UK. It was also nominated for the other science fiction awards like the Nebula Award and the Prometheus Award.
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