Author Margaret Atwood, shown here at an event earlier this year, has announced that she is writing a sequel to…
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More than 30 years after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood announced that it will be a sequel.
Penguin Random House said Wednesday that the new novel will be published on September 10, 2019. It is called The Testaments and will take place 15 years from where The Tailor’s Tale ended. The story will be told by three female characters, according to the American publisher.
Handmaid’s speech a dystopian novel who sat in Gilead’s fictional theocratic dictatorship has risen again to appear with a critically acclaimed television series based on the book that started airing in 2017.
The action in the new book will be separate from the TV series, which changes for a third season. During the second season, the action went beyond where the book ended.
In a message to readers, Atwood said that it was their questions that inspired her to return to Gilead.
Dear Reader: Everything you’ve ever asked about Gilead and its inner work is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! ” the Canadian author said.
She added: “The second inspiration is the world we have lived in.”
The environmental disaster has made many women infertile in the brutal world of Official Tal . Those who still can think of being “civil servants”, where they are sexual prisoners and carry children for government officials whose own wives can not.
The book has struck a political chord in recent years. In protests around the world, especially those relating to reproductive problems, women have gathered the red robes and white bonnets of officials.
The press release noted that the book has gained new prominence since President Trump was elected. It said: “Officials became a symbol of the movement against him, representing female empowerment and opposition to misogynia and rolling of women’s rights.”
It is not clear how this new book will relate to the first one. The publisher did not say who the three stories would be, or whether they were characters in the first book.
Since the first published in 1985, the book has sold eight million copies in English, according to Penguin Random House.