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Vi befinder os i et diktatursamfund i USA i nær fremtid. Fødselstallet er dalet katastrofalt, og kvinderne i den fødedygtige alder er tvunget til at gøre tjeneste som en slags konkubiner for den mandlige elite. Historien bliver fortalt af en af tjenerinderne. Romanen har solgt millioner af eksemplarer verden over. Opført som opera og filmatiseret.
"Kære læsere. Alt, hvad I nogen sinde har spurgt mig om Gilead og dets opbygning, er brugt som inspiration til denne bog. Eller næsten alt. Resten er inspireret af den verden, vi lever i." - Margaret Atwood I denne selvstændige fortsættelse til Tjenerindens fortælling svarer den anerkendte forfatter Margaret Atwood på de spørgsmål, som har forundret og pint læsere i årtier. Da bildøren smækkede i på sidste side i Tjenerindens fortælling, anede læserne ikke, hvad det betød for Offreds fremtid - frihed, fængsel eller død. Med Gileads døtre er ventetiden endelig forbi. Her samler Margaret Atwood tråden op, femten år efter at Offred trådte ud i det ukendte, med vidnesbyrd fra tre kvinder inde fra Gilead. Margaret Atwood (f. 1939) er canadisk forfatter, litteraturkritiker og miljøaktivist. Atwood oplever i disse år fornyet opmærksomhed internationalt og nævnes som kandidat til Nobelprisen i litteratur.
** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **Discover the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series before you read the 2019 Booker Prize-winning sequel The Testaments I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light. Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford her assigned name, Offred, means of Fred . She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it no television event has hit such a nerve Guardian READ THE TESTAMENTS, THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID S TALE, TODAY
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
Af forfatteren til bestselleren TJENERINDENS FORTÆLLING og bogen bag Netflix-serien ALIAS GRACE, som får premiere til november. I 1843 idømmes sekstenårige Grace Marks livsvarigt fængsel for at være medskyldig i mordet på sin arbejdsgiver og dennes husholderske. Grace kan intet huske fra dagen, hvor mordene fandt sted, og mange er af den opfattelse, at hun er ond eller ligefrem sindssyg. Dr. Simon Jordan, specialist i mentale lidelser, opsøger Grace i fængslet, hvor hun fortæller ham sin historie, og han forsøger at hjælpe hende. ALIAS GRACE er baseret på virkelige hændelser og er en gribende historie om usle livsvilkår i Irland og udvandringen til Canada samt en fortælling om den usynlige grænse mellem bevidsthed og ubevidsthed. "Suverænt. Atwoods blanding af fakta og fiktion er enestående." - Jyllands-Posten "Sproglig kraftfuld og psykologisk fængslende." - Berlingske Tidende ?Ganske enkelt en skøn læseoplevelse.? - Politiken
Tony, Charis og Roz er tre meget forskellige kvinder, der mødes til frokost én gang om måneden. Omdrejningspunktet for deres venskab er mindet om deres nu afdøde rivalinde Zenia, der ikke formåede at føle hverken empati, skyld eller skam, og som manipulerede sig vej ind i deres liv, stjal deres mænd én efter én - og siden forsvandt.Men en dag under frokosten træder den smukke, charmerende - og lyslevende Zenia ind på restauranten, på jagt efter mere.Røverbruden handler om kvinder og om dynamikkerne kvinder imellem. Atwood sætter tingene på spidsen og i perspektiv uden nogen form for politisk korrekthed. Det er både tankevækkende, tidløst og underholdende.?"En genialt tænkt og hudløs ærlig beskrivelse af kvinder, når de er bedst - men nok i højere grad værst." - Alt for Damerne"I Røverbruden spiller Atwood på alle sit talents strenge." - Jyllands-Posten"Humor og ironi drejer fortællingen i retning af det groteske, men uden at sætte den grundige, uddybende persontegning over styr." - Politiken
From the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Handmaid's TaleOryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journeywith the help of the green-eyed Children of Crakethrough the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.
For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan war was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours and keep over a hundred lustful, greedy and bloodthirsty suitors at bay...And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's twelve beloved maids. What were his motives? And what was Penelope really up to? Critically acclaimed when it was first published as part of Canongate's Myth series, and following a very successful adaptation by the RSC, this new edition of The Penelopiad sees Margaret Atwood give Penelope a modern and witty voice to tell her side of the story, and set the record straight for good.
By the author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and ALIAS GRACE* Pigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, lives in a tree, wrapped in old bedsheets, now calls himself Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility. *Praise for Oryx and Crake:'In Jimmy, Atwood has created a great character: a tragic-comic artist of the future, part buffoon, part Orpheus. An adman who's a sad man; a jealous lover who's in perpetual mourning; a fantasist who can only remember the past' -INDEPENDENT'Gripping and remarkably imagined' -LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
Margaret Atwoods anden roman fra 1972. En ung, fraskilt kvinde tager sammen med sin elsker og to venner ud i den canadiske ødemark for at lede efter sin far, der er meldt savnet. Hun genoplever dele af sin barndom, og hun konfronteres igen med naturen og de krav den stiller. Krav der er helt forsvundet i vores teknologiske verden, hvor overlevelse er en selvfølge.Hun stikker af fra sine venner og bliver nærmest ét med naturen. Eftersøgningen af hendes far forvandler sig til hendes søgen efter sig selv...Indtil hun vågner af sin trance, sin næsten-galskab, og erkender, at hun må tilbage til civilisationen og bruge den nyvundne bevidsthed om egne kræfter dér.
By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias GraceElaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years.'Not since Graham Greene has a novelist captured so forcefully the relationship between school bully and victim...Atwood's games are played, exquisitely, by little girls' LISTENERAn exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize
From the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Handmaid's TaleSet in the visionary future of Atwood's acclaimed Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Among the survivors are Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced life forms, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move, but they can't stay locked away.
I sin nye digtsamling Inderligt, som er Margaret Atwoods første digtsamling i mere end ti år, skriver Atwood om emner som kærlighed, tab, tidens fylde, naturens væsen og - zombier. Hendes nye digte er meget personlige i tonen, men bevæger sig vidt omkring i en stor emnekreds. I digt efter digt kaster hun sin enestående fantasi og sit altid vågne og skarpe blik på det landskab et levet liv udgør.Mange læsere vil være bekendt med Margaret Atwoods romaner - ikke mindst hendes fænomenale bestsellere Tjenerindens fortælling og Gileads døtre - og hun har helt fra starten af sin karriere været en af Canadas mest fremtrædende digtere. Og hun er en af de meget få forfattere, der både mestrer prosa og lyrik. Denne digtsamling er et betagende værk til alle hendes mange læsere. Digtene er oversat af den danske forfatter Caroline Albertine Minor.
From the #1New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's TaleIn this final volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy, the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of the population. Toby is part of a small band of survivors, along with the Children of Crake: the gentle, bioengineered quasi-human species who will inherit this new earth.As Toby explains their origins to the curious Crakers, her tales cohere into a luminous oral history that sets down humanity's pastand points toward its future. Blending action, humor, romance, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Atwooda moving and dramatic conclusion to her epic work of speculative fiction.ANew York TimesNotable BookAWashington PostNotable BookABest Book of the Year: The Guardian, NPR,The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and MailA GoodReads Reader's Choice
Winner of the Man Booker PrizeBy the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias GraceLaura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.
By the author of The Handmaid's TaleNow a major NETFLIX seriesSometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times'A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday
By the author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and ALIAS GRACEA beautifully bizarre assortment of short stories and prose poems. Writing on an eclectic range of subjects from 'Bread' and 'Strawberries', to 'Fainting' and 'Women's Novels', Margaret Atwood brings her astonishing world view to the comings and goings of ordinary life. The pretentious male chef is taken down a peg, a gang of cynical five year olds concoct a poisonous brew; and knowing when to stop is of deadly importance in a game of Murder in the Dark.* Praise for Murder in the Dark:These vignettes glow with the usual Atwood magic of intelligence ... an exhilarating performance, full of sharp pleasures for the mind -BRITISH BOOK NEWS'A brilliant and witty writer' -COSMOPOLITAN'Direct, unpretentious, humorous' -SUNDAY TIMES
As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope's twelve maids.Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.The Penelopiad premiered with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Canada's National Arts Centre at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in July 2007.
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. . . . .
Life Before Man explores the lives of three people imprisoned by walls of their own construction and in thrall to the tragicomedy we call love. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover, and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably towards the same climax.
Rennie Wilford, a young jounalist running from her life, takes an assignment to a Caribbean island and tumbles into a world where no one is what they seem. When the burnt-out Yankee Paul (does he smuggle dope or hustle for the CIA?) offers her a no-hooks, no strings affair, she is caught up in a lethal web of corruption.
Features a man who finds himself surrounded by women who are becoming pale, silent and smaller; a woman's intimate life is strangely dominated by the fear of nuclear warfare; and a melancholy teenage love is swept away by a hurricane. This work captures the complex forces that govern our relationships, and the powerful emotions that guide them.
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2020 -- BEST POETRY The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist, poet - and cultural phenomenon. Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Margaret Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognisable and celebrated themes, but distilled -- from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend.By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in flux, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.Dearly is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.'A new volume of poetry by the writer of wit and optimism . . . Just when we needed her most' Gentlewoman*BOOK OF THE YEAR OBSERVER, FINANCIAL TIMES *
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2020 -- BEST POETRY The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist, poet - and cultural phenomenon.
InDearly, Margaret Atwoods first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and - zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.While many are familiar with Margaret Atwoods fictionincluding her groundbreaking and bestselling novelsThe Handmaids Tale,The Testaments,Oryx and Crake, among othersshe has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. And she is one of the very few writers equally accomplished in fiction and poetry.This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry readers alike.
Building from his acclaimed anthology Tales of Two Americas, beloved writer and editor John Freeman draws together some of our greatest writers from around the world to help us see how the environmental crisis is hitting some of the most vulnerable communities where they live.In the past five years, John Freeman, previously editor of Granta, has launched a celebrated international literary magazine, Freeman's, and compiled two acclaimed anthologies that deal with income inequality as it is experienced, first in New York and then throughout the United States. In the course of this work, one major theme has come up repeatedly: how climate change is making already dire inequalities much worse, devastating further the already devastated. The effects of global warming are especially disruptive in less well-off nations, sending refugees to the US and elsewhere in the wealthier world, where they often encounter the problems that perennially face outsiders: lack of access to education, health care, decent housing, employment, and even basic nutrition. But the problems of climate change are not restricted to those from the less developed world. American citizens are suffering too, as the stories of distress resulting from recent hurricanes testify: People who can't sell their home because the building is on a flood plain, people who get displaced and cannot find work, and more. And this doesn't even take on board the situation in much of the Caribbean, or south of the Rio Grande in Mexico and Central America. Galvanized by his conversations with writers and activists around the world, Freeman has engaged with some of today's most eloquent writers, many of whom hail from the places under the most acute stress. The response has been extraordinary: a literary all-points bulletin of fiction, essays, poems, and reportage. Margaret Atwood conjures with a dystopian future in three remarkable poems. Lauren Groff takes us to Florida; Edwidge Danticat to Haiti; Tahmima Anam to Bangladesh. Eka Kurniawan takes us to Indonesia and Chinelo Okparanta to Nigeria. As the anthology unfolds, clichés fall away and we are brought closer to the real, human truth of what is happening to our world, and the dystopia to which we are heading. These are news stories with the emphasis on story, about events that should be found in the headlines but often are not, about the most important crisis of our times.