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Ms Atwood quotes science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin to remind us that freedom 'is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one'

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Talmiz Ahmad 

Talmiz Ahmad

The Booker Prize brought Margaret Atwood to my attention. It led me first to A Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, and then to the 2019 prize-winner, The Testaments.

Ms Atwood wrote A Handmaid’s Tale 35 years ago in response to pervasive hostility towards women among zealots from the Christian right wing. Locating a truncated and conflict-ridden United States in the near future, she visualised a semi-religious tyranny ruling the republic, one in which women were kept in tightly controlled conditions and used either as menial workers or for sex and breeding. The Testaments ...

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First Published: Tue, May 05 2020. 23:58 IST
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