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“An elusive dream of a book”: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments adeptly blends politics with storytelling

The Booker prize contender asks what it means to be on the losing side of history

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“Over the years I’ve buried a lot of bones; now I’m inclined to dig them up again—if only for your edification my unknown reader.” So writes Aunt Lydia near the beginning of Margaret Atwood’s much anticipated sequel to 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale. We are back in Gilead, where women are not allowed to own money or property,…

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