Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

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The Testaments

is the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel

The Handmaid’s Tale

, a classic of dystopian literature recently adapted into a TV series (2017-) by streaming service Hulu. Published worldwide on September 10, 2019,

The Testaments

elicited an enthusiastic response from the public. Bookstores organised popular launch events and fans attended dressed in Gileadean outfits. On the evening of the launch, Atwood was interviewed by Samira Ahmed at the Royal Theatre in London, with actresses Lily James, Sally Hawkins, and Ann Dowd reading excerpts from the novel. In an unprecedented promotional choice for a novel, the event was broadcast live to cinemas all over the world.

The Testaments

confirmed its success by selling over 500,000 copies worldwide in less than a week and by…

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Citation: Romanzi, Valentina. "The Testaments". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 December 2019 [, accessed 25 May 2024.]

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