The Handmaid’s Tale


Hey, I just found this article in The Guardian where Margaret Atwood talks about the writing of The Handmaid’s Tale. This book had a huge impact on me – the set up, the story, the way it was honed to the bone, how she made Scrabble a sensual experience … OH – and the twist near the end …

The bonus in the article were snippets from the journal she kept at the time:

I am working my way into writing after too long away – I lose my nerve …

I feel sucked hollow. But functional.


The illustration above is by Anna and Elena Balbusso, who have illustrated a new edition of the book (found this in a story also courtesy of the Guardian)