When a natural disaster predicted by God's Gardeners leader Adam One obliterates most human life, two survivors trapped inside respective establishments that metaphorically represent paradise and hell wonder if any of their loved ones have survived.
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. 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 fifteen 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
B>This brilliant selection of essays--funny, erudite, endlessly curious, uncannily prescient--seeks answers to Burning Questions such as:/b>br> br> Why do people everywhere, in all cultures, tell stories?br> How much of yourself can you give away without evaporating?br> How can we live on our planet?br> Is it true? And is it fair?br> What do zombies have to do with authoritarianism?br> br>In over fifty pieces Atwood aims her prodigious intellect and impish humor at the world, and reports back to us on what she finds. The roller-coaster period covered in the collection brought an end to the end of history, a financial crash, the rise of Trump and a pandemic. From debt to tech, the climate crisis to freedom, from when to dispense advice to the young (answer: only when asked) and how to define granola, we have no better guide than Atwood to the many and varied mysteries of our universe.
A series of essays by the award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale explores essential truths about the modern world and the author's personal relationship with the science-fiction genre, in a volume that is complemented by key reviews and her three unpublished Ellmann Lectures.