The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel

The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel


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The stunning graphic novel adaptation • A must-read and collector’s item for fans of “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times).
Look for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, coming September 2019.
In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this beautiful graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renée Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385539241
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 18,731
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, The Heart Goes Last. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Renée Nault is a Canadian artist, illustrator, and graphic novelist known for her vivid watercolor and ink illustrations. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertising around the world. She is a frequent illustrator for the Los Angeles Times. Please visit


Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario


B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

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The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The story is fantastic in and of itself, but if you like an artfully done graphic novel, then this is for you.
357800 12 months ago
While in Barnes Noble recently picking up a couple classic graphic novels on my list, the bookseller says, up front, we also have THE HANDMAID'S TALE graphic novel. I said, thanks but the novel wasn't a favorite of mine. She said, hers either, she doesn't like dystopian stories, and, of course, my response was, I love them, but not that particular one. She said the book is beautifully done though.....and that it is. I walked out with it! So here I am done reading the story for a second time and loving it and the beautifully illustrated graphics of this horrific dystopian world for women. The fertile women are objects used primarily as a container for procreation, a national resource of the time in the terrifying Republic of Gilead, and THE HANDMAIDS TALE is primarily Offred's oppressive story of loss, loneliness, grief and the forbidden touch of love. NO talking...NO employment...NO reading...NO friendships. The handmaid's cannot even look at each other, and sneaking around is dangerous and detrimental to your health. The aunts are always watching as are the wives and punishments are unessential parts of the body that don't affect their purpose in life. And even worse....there's the ominous hanging wall visible to all who pass. Note: Illustrations in this graphic novel are colorful and vividly expressive in bringing to life this unsettling dystopian world. Have not yet watched the Netflix movie, but can't wait to see if it ends like the book for Offred SPOILER hopeful, with a possible way out and a chance to find her daughter.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
There is nothing funny about the subject matter of this book. To turn it into a comic is a disrespectful money grab.
Gewy More than 1 year ago
Not commenting on the stories premiss-leaving that to acadamia. To the author, trying to impress the elitist intellectually, I say what "BS". The movie was classified as science fiction, may Isuggest Science fiction fantacy. It took every bit of fortitude to sit through the TV version. I am an avid and dedicated reader, Have read scores and scores of books. I thank the the great giver of intelligence for sparing me from reading this book. I will not go into detail in critisizing the 23 sublime indeotic rediculous boreing storing plot, aaaagggg (sorry) got carried away... I have to stop here otherwise I might get a little emotional.... LOL. To the author may I suggest cartoons next time.....