Margaret Atwood on what ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ means in the age of Trump

From the New York Times: Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump.

Back in 1984, the main premise seemed — even to me — fairly outrageous. Would I be able to persuade readers that the United States had suffered a coup that had transformed an erstwhile liberal democracy into a literal-minded theocratic dictatorship? In the book, the Constitution and Congress are no longer: The Republic of Gilead is built on a foundation of the 17th-century Puritan roots that have always lain beneath the modern-day America we thought we knew. [continue]

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