One of the world’s leading women novelists Margaret Eleanor Atwood wrote ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in April 1984.
Atwood’s famous book is being brought to life in a provocative Hulu TV series.
It’s the story of a woman called Offred, living in the republic of Gilead, a terrifying America of the future.
In recent days Atwood has taken to social platforms calling on young women to be politically engaged, “Be informed, be aware” to try “to prevent the roll-back that is taking place especially in the area of women’s health.”
The 77-year-old has also written for New York Times answering what ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump?’
In the wake of the recent American election, fears and anxieties proliferate. Basic civil liberties are seen as endangered, along with many of the rights for women won over the past decades, and indeed the past centuries. In this divisive climate, in which hate for many groups seems on the rise and scorn for democratic institutions is being expressed by extremists of all stripes, it is a certainty that someone, somewhere — many, I would guess — are writing down what is happening as they themselves are experiencing it. Or they will remember, and record later, if they can.