The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Staff Pick

Resistance is the dominant theme of The Testaments (Nan A. Talese, $28.95), Margaret Atwood’s compelling, beautifully-written sequel to her dystopian feminist epic of 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale. As themes go, it couldn’t be more timely. More than three decades after she invented Gilead, a futuristic totalitarian theocracy built on the subjugation of women, such state-sanctioned, gender-based oppression no longer seems so fantastical. In The Testaments, which co-won this year’s Booker Prize, Atwood celebrates those who resist the tyranny of Gilead as she wrestles with deeper questions about women who help build and support the tyrannical regime, even as they understand its brutal consequences. Told as witness testimonies in the voices of three women characters (including a still vexing Aunt Lydia), The Testaments raises questions that have political bearing today: How does resistance take shape inside, and outside, a totalitarian system? How does coercion work? What is complicity? And what are the ethics of perpetuating a system one hopes to overthrow? In an age when autocrats, demagogues, and wannabe dictators are running roughshod over democratic institutions and disrupting norms, often with blind followers assisting them, Atwood reminds us that true resistance may be our only salvation.

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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

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