Once preposterous, now immediate; Margaret Atwood on ‘Handmaid’s Tale’


NEW YORK Margaret Atwood did not have any artistic control over a latest instrumentation of her dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” though she was really transparent what she didn’t want.

“That they not make a arrange of soothing porn film called ‘Maidens in Leather’ or something, that has always been a enticement to certain kinds of filmmakers,” a Canadian author told Reuters.

“The whole thing about such a righteous multitude is that sex isn’t ostensible to be fun. I’ve seen some people holding a impulse during (‘Handmaid’s Tale’) and going in that instruction and it was always wrong,” she said.

First published in 1985, “The Handmaid’s Tale” imagines a total nearby destiny when fruitful women are forced into passionate labour in a bid to repopulate a universe confronting environmental disaster. Women are banned to read, can't control income and are forced to wear tact clothing. Everyone spies on everyone.

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Atwood, 77, calls it one of her “speculative fiction” novels though pronounced each unfolding was drawn from genuine events – from Puritan multitude to environmental pollution, infertility, a quarrel for women’s rights, a Cold War, book burnings and slavery.

Even so, a grounds of “The Handmaid’s Tale” seemed fantastic in 1985. “It seemed inconceivable even to me. But we don’t meant to contend it was preposterous. we didn’t consider it was going to occur in that moment,” she said.

“When politically prone people contend they wish to do such and such, we always trust them, so since be surprised? Then a 2016 U.S. choosing happened and all this became most some-more immediate,” she said

In an hour-long conversation, Atwood never mentioned Hillary Clinton, U.S. President Donald Trump, nor any domestic party. Her passions are some-more elemental and widespread, trimming from innovations in biotechnology to North Korean novel and a insurance of birds.

While she is widely regarded as one of a inaugural vital feminist writers, it is not a tag she would choose. Women’s rights and polite rights are inextricably linked, she says, though women have turn restored in a final 20 years.

“It’s always a terrible thought for women when polite rights themselves get smashed, unless we take a perspective that women aren’t tellurian beings.

“People have lost that polite rights themselves had to be tough fought for and have to be fought to say since someone is going to take them divided from we if they get a chance… we consider whole generations came along who didn’t have to quarrel for those things, and weren’t too worried,” she said.

Atwood, who has a credentials in pledge theater, has a tiny cameo in a 10-part TV array though even she was taken aback by how chilling a new chronicle of “The Handmaid’s Tale” incited out.

“It was, did we do that?!” she pronounced on saying a finished series.

With her talent for suppositional novella that is all too credible, Atwood is used to people seeking for her take on what competence be bum multitude in 20 years time.

She has a approach answer.

“That’s going to be your problem, since I’m going to be dead.”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)


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