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These Striking New Illustrations Capture the Creepiness of “The Handmaid’s Tale”


Margret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the dystopia du jour thanks to Trump-era politics and a dark, compelling new television series on Hulu.

Just in time, the Folio Society has released a brand-new collector’s quality edition of the book with stunning, disturbing new artwork by Italian illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso–and a new introduction by Atwood herself.

As they describe it, the art “was inspired by Futurism, Russian Constructivism and fascist-period design. Their illustrations cleverly highlight the regimented and hierarchical nature of society in Gilead with their use of a restricted color palette of red, black and white and a futurist tone…”

The publisher shared a few images with Kveller readers, including a pregnant handmaid, Offred’s costume for an illicit night out with the Commander among the “Jezebels”—and two handmaids walking along the sinister wall.


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