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The Testaments

Margaret Atwood


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PUBLISHED: 12th September 2019 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781784742324
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The wait is over And so I step up, into the darkness within; Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. The other inspiration is the world we've been living in. - Margaret Atwood. THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR - Guardian. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE.
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  • Hardcover
    $33.61
PUBLISHED: 12th September 2019 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781784742324
ANNOTATION:
The wait is over And so I step up, into the darkness within; Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. The other inspiration is the world we've been living in. - Margaret Atwood. THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR - Guardian. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE.

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The wait is over And so I step up, into the darkness within; Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

The other inspiration is the world we've been living in. - Margaret Atwood.

THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR - Guardian.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE.

Publisher Description

The wait is over

And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her - freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

'Dear Readers- Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood

Author Biography

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam Trilogy. Her 1985 classic The Handmaid's Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Review

"The Testaments is Atwood at her best, in its mixture of generosity, insight and control. The prose is adroit, direct, beautifully turned. All over the reading world, the history books are being opened to the next blank page and Atwood's name is written at the top of it. To read this book is to feel the world turning" -- Anne Enright Guardian "A work of brilliant and searing defiance" MJ Hyland "The Testaments is a much more accessible book than its brilliant yet forbidding predecessor. At times it races along like a spy thriller written by Charles Dickens, rich in suspense, coincidence and messy humanity... Atwood... has an incredible intellectual nimbleness that challenges us constantly and poses...question[s] that lies like a pearl inside the shell of this frighteningly readable novel" -- Allison Pearson Sunday Telegraph "Finding hope in a hopeless place, this is everything The Handmaid's Tale fans wanted and more. Prepare to hold your breath throughout, and to cry real tears at the end. My book of the year" -- Kayleigh Dray Stylist "It is an addictively readable, fastpaced adventure... the rhyme of reality with fiction is loud and devastatingly clear... In The Testaments, Atwood changes the emphasis of the plot, to strike a note of optimism - a hopeful reminder that resistance is possible and such regimes do eventually always fall" -- Holly Williams Independent "While unflinching in depicting horror and showing how complicity enables the collapse of compassion, The Testaments is also a clarion call to hope, resistance and activism... The Testaments is a formidable achievement that will doubtless be read in decades to come" -- Anita Sethi i news "Atwood's prose is as powerful as ever, tense and spare... I finished in six hours flat" -- Laura Freeman BBC.com "The oppressed feminist shriek of the first novel gets its more optimistic echo in The Testaments... has the dramatic thrust and power to scorch the memory" -- Serena Davies Daily Telegraph "The book may surprise readers who wondered, when the sequel was announced, whether Atwood was making a mistake in returning to her earlier work. She has said that The Testaments was inspired by readers' questions about the inner workings of Gilead, and also by "the world we've been living in." But it seems to have another aim as well: to help us see more clearly the kinds of complicity required for constructing a world like the one she had already imagined, and the world we fear our own might become" -- Jia Tolentino New Yorker "The very act of writing or recording one's experiences, Atwood argues, is "an act of hope."... in testifying to what they have witnessed, Offred, Nicole, Agnes and, yes, Lydia are leaving behind accounts that will challenge official Gileadean narratives, and in doing so, they are standing up to the regime's determination to silence women by telling their own stories in their own voices" -- Michiko Katutani New York Times "The Testaments take us to a subtly altered Gilead and, in many ways, a more hopeful one... a rallying cry for activism that argues for the connectedness of societies and their peoples... Atwood's task in returning to the world of her best-known work was a big one, but the result is a success that more than justifies her Booker prize shortlisting" -- Alex Clark Guardian "With surgical clarity, Atwood documents how the stripping of fundamental freedoms, the weight of systemic oppression, pushes individuals to extremes... Atwood had this book in her? The pacing is flawless. The prose is lean, mean, and charged" -- David Canfield Entertainment Weekly "A confluence of political and cultural forces has made The Testaments as vital as a baby in Gilead" -- Ron Charles Washington Post "A mix of high and low, literary powerhouse and pop-culture icon, filled with homespun wisdom and razor-sharp observation" -- Deborah Dundas Toronto Star "But the biggest name, with the year's biggest book, is Margaret Atwood: her Handmaid's Tale sequel The Testaments" Guardian

Product Details

Author
Margaret Atwood
Pages
400
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1784742325
ISBN-13
9781784742324
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2019-09-10
Series
The Handmaid's Tale
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Subtitle
The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale