Atwood responds to book bans with ‘unburnable’ edition of Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood
Amid political storms over books deemed by the right to be unsuitable for school libraries, the author Margaret Atwood announced an “unburnable” edition of its most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Canadian author, 82, appeared in a short YouTube video to advertise the project, attempting to ignite the unique tome with a flamethrower.
Book Announcement, Penguin Random House mentioned“Across the United States and around the world, books are being challenged, banned, and even burned. So we’ve created a special edition of a book that’s been contested and banned for decades.
“Printed and bound using flame retardant materials, this edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has been designed to be completely flame retardant. It is designed to protect this vital story and stand as a powerful symbol against censorship.
As described by the Guardian in 2010the 25th anniversary of publication, The Handmaid’s Tale “tells the story of Offred – not her real name, but the patronymic given to her by the new regime in an oppressive parallel America of the future – and her role as a servant.
“Handmaids are obliged to provide children by proxy to infertile women of higher social status, the wives of Commanders. They undergo regular medical tests and in many ways become invisible, the sum total of their biological parts.
According to the American Library Association, The Handmaid’s Tale is among the books most often disputed or prohibited in American schools.
In 2006, in an open letter to a school district that was trying to ban the book, Atwood said“First of all, the remark: ‘Offense to Christians’ surprises me. Nowhere in the book is the regime identified as Christian. As for sexual explicitation, The Handmaid’s Tale is much less concerned with sex than much of the Bible.
Atwood’s book rose to prominence thanks to a TV adaptation with Elisabeth Moss and a 2019 sequel, The Testaments, which won Atwood a second Booker Prize. “Handmaiden” costumes, red capes with white headpieces, have become a familiar sight at protests for reproductive rights and women’s rights.
The auction of an ‘unburnable’ edition of The Handmaid’s Tale comes ahead of an expected ruling overruling abortion rights, which will be handed down by a Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices.
In a new collection of essays, Burning Questions, Atwood writing“Women who cannot decide for themselves whether or not to have babies are enslaved because the state claims ownership of their bodies and the right to dictate what their bodies should be used for. “
His “unburnable” book is being auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York until June 7. By mid-morning Tuesday, the price stood at $40,000. All proceeds will go to support pen america in his “work for freedom of expression”.
Organize a Pen gala in New York on Monday evening, Dirty Faithwriter and comedian, said the book was “designed to withstand not only fire-breathing censors and fiery fanatics, but real flames – the ones they would like to use to set our democracy ablaze”.
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