The Guardian

Margaret Atwood’s new work is full of feminist hope. But don’t dumb it down | Natasha Walter

The Testaments gives a vivid portrait of female resistance. But we should beware seeing women as merely angels or victims
‘In Gilead there is a great deal of moral certainty.’ Margaret Atwood at the launch of The Testaments in London, September 2019. Photograph: Vianney Le Caer/Rex/Shutterstock

In these dark and difficult political times, I often find myself craving clarity, looking for explanations and reassurances – and rarely, if ever, finding what I seek. When I got my hands on a precious copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments a couple of days ago I was surprised by the almost physical hunger I felt to step back into Gilead. Obviously, I’m not alone, and one reason why this dystopia has hit the spot for many of us is its clarity. I’m not saying that there isn’t complexity of plot in Atwood’s creation, but in Gilead there is also a great deal of moral certainty. There is good, and there is evil. There is oppression, and there is resistance.

The appearance of has put heart into me at various protests over the past couple of years. I have photographed them

Vous lisez un aperçu, inscrivez-vous pour en lire plus.

Centres d'intérêt associés

Plus de The Guardian

The Guardian6 min de lecturePsychology
Amrou Al-Kadhi: ‘Being A Drag Queen Healed Me’
Growing up in a strict Muslim family, Amrou Al-Kadhi felt worthless, but found a new freedom and community in the world of drag
The Guardian3 min de lecture
'The Most Important People Have Been Here': Rome's Oldest Cafe Fears Closure
Caffè Greco has welcomed patrons from Dickens to Diana – but a rent rise has put its future in doubt
The Guardian5 min de lecture
James Joyce’s Words Haunt Dublin. It Doesn’t Need His Bones | Mark O’Connell
If the writer’s remains were repatriated, they would be one more tourist trap in a city fast becoming a cultural wasteland