Read­ers’ ques­tions in­spire Atwood’s se­quel

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CANA­DIAN au­thor Mar­garet Atwood is writ­ing a se­quel to her best-selling dystopian novel The Hand­maid’s Tale.

“Yes in­deed to those who asked: I’m writ­ing a se­quel to

Atwood wrote on her Twit­ter ac­count.

Called The Tes­ta­ments, the novel will be set 15 years after the events de­picted in The Hand­maid’s Tale and will be nar­rated by three fe­male char­ac­ters, Atwood wrote in a Twit­ter post­ing. The book is due to be pub­lished in Septem­ber 2019 by Pen­guin Ran­dom House, a divi­sion of Ger­many’s Ber­tels­mann.

The Hand­maid’s Tale, a bleak vi­sion of a near fu­ture in an Amer­i­can so­ci­ety called Gilead where women are banned from read­ing and writ­ing, have their chil­dren taken away from them, and are forced into sex­ual servi­tude by a pa­tri­ar­chal dic­ta­tor­ship, was first pub­lished in 1985.

Its adap­ta­tion for tele­vi­sion on stream­ing ser­vice Hulu last year brought new ac­claim and mul­ti­ple Emmy awards for the per­for­mance by Elis­a­beth Moss as lead char­ac­ter Of­fred.

“Ev­ery­thing you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its in­ner-work­ings is the in­spi­ra­tion for this book. Well, al­most ev­ery­thing,” Atwood wrote in a video mes­sage on Twit­ter. “The other in­spi­ra­tion is the world we’ve been liv­ing in,” she added, with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

Fem­i­nists in sev­eral na­tions have adopted the strik­ing red gowns and white bon­nets worn by the hand­maids in the book and tele­vi­sion se­ries to high­light women’s rights at protests and marches.

Atwood (79) said her se­quel will not be re­lated to the Hulu tele­vi­sion se­ries of The Hand­maid’s Tale, the sec­ond sea­son of which ear­lier this year moved beyond the au­thor’s orig­i­nal book. — Reuters.

Mar­garet Atwood is writ­ing a se­quel to

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