The Handmaid’s Tale
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Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) is a best selling feminist sf novel, in the dystopian tradition of Katharine Burdekin‘s Swastika Night (1937)
It won the 1987 Arthur C. Clarke Award and 1985 Governor General’s Award, finalist for the 1986 Booker Prize
A film version directed by Volker Schlöndorff, starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall, was released in 1990.
Atwood returned to science fiction with the post-apocalyptic novels Oryx and Crake (2003) and The Year of the Flood (2009); the former was finalist for the 2003 Booker Prize.
- Atwood, Margaret (1985) The Handmaid’s Tale
- Attwood, Margaret (2003) Oryx and Crake
- Attwood, Margaret (2009) The Year of the Flood
- Burdekin, Katherine (1937) Swastika Night
- Lawson, Janet Karsten (1987) ”Margaret Atwood’s Testaments: Resisting the Gilead Within” in Christian Century, May 20-27, 1987
- McKay, , George (1994) ”Metapropaganda: Self-Reading Dystopian Fiction: Burdekin’sSwastika Night and Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four” in Science Fiction studies #64, Volume 21, Part 3, November 1994