The Handmaid’s Tale
Published:22 May 2017
DISCOVER the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVEL behind the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES in this tie-in edition introduced by Margaret Atwood. `I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means `of Fred’.
She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire.