We are closer than ever to 1930s-style totalitarianism: Atwood


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The universe is closer to a dim days of a 1930s than during any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood pronounced on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to accept a prestigious German literary award.

Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, initial published in 1985, has shot behind adult a bestseller lists after being done into an award-winning TV array depicting a total destiny in a United States where women are forced into passionate servitude.

Donald Trump’s choosing as U.S. boss has, for some critics, brought that prophesy closer to existence as he uses amicable media to threaten opponents, and lawmakers in a array of states find to shorten women’s reproductive rights.

“It feels a closest to a 1930s of anything that we have had given that time,” a 77-year-old Atwood told a news conference, sketch parallels with a nazi and comrade regimes that afterwards ruled tools of Europe.

Atwood was attending a annual Frankfurt Book Fair, where she receives a Peace Prize of a German Book Trade on Sunday. The endowment reference praises Atwood’s “political recognition and application for developments underneath a surface”.

Past winners embody Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, American author and film-maker Susan Sontag and Mario Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian-born author and politician.


Atwood, author of some-more than 40 books of fiction, communication and vicious essays, pronounced it was startling to many that signs of autocracy were manifesting themselves in a United States of today.

It’s a distant cry from a Berlin of a Cold War, still surrounded by a wall that divided Germany, where she started essay The Handmaid’s Tale, she recalled.

“People in Europe saw a United States as a guide of democracy, freedom, openness, and they did not wish to trust that anything like that could ever occur there,” she said.

“But now, times have changed, and, unfortunately it becomes some-more probable to consider in those terms.”

Although work on a TV array starring Elisabeth Moss began before final November’s U.S. presidential election, Trump’s feat altered a environment “quite radically”, pronounced Atwood.

“That is one of a reasons that a uncover has been so renouned … people unexpected feel that it’s a probable existence for them,” she said.

Women’s rights activists clad in a particular white bonnets and red gowns ragged by handmaids in a illusory theocratic state of Gilead have taken partial in new protests in several U.S. state capitals.

“The book has transient from a covers, a radio uncover has transient from being only a show,” pronounced Atwood.

“It’s out in a world.”

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Andrew Bolton


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