Margaret Atwood one of the favorites to win the Booker Prize for Fiction

Canadian author Margaret Atwood poses with her book The Testaments during the photo call for writers shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction 2019 at the Southbank Center in London, England on Sunday. (Tolga Akmen / AFP via Getty Images)

Margaret Atwood, the novelist, poet and literary critic is arguably the most famous English-Canadian writer in the world. She is the favorite of book takers to once again win the coveted fictional trophy for The Testaments, his sequel to the dystopian saga The Handmaid’s Tale.

Atwood, who won this award in 2000 for his book The Blind Assassin, is one of six finalists for the 50,000-pound (CA $ 83,000) prize, the winner of which will be announced on Monday.

Founded in 1969, the prize is open to English-language authors from all countries.

British book-takers are also giving Anglo-Turkish writer Elif Shafak and Anglo-American writer Lucy Ellmann strong chances.

The other candidates are Salman Rushdie, Bernardine Evaristo and Chigozie Obioma.

The Testaments, Following The Handmaid’s Tale

Published 34 years later The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood’s new novel is set 15 years after the original story recounting the plight of women forced into sexual slavery by the theocratic state of Gilead.

So she was describing an apocalyptic future, a totalitarian society ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state and turns those who are fertile into sex slaves.

The original 1985 novel recently found new resonance due to the rise of political extremism in the West and the Emmy-winning television series starring Elisabeth Moss.

If the novel in English was released on September 10, Wills only arrived in bookstores last Friday.

A book that resonates in a world at the time of #MoiAussi

The book The scarlet maid has sold 8 million copies worldwide.

“Publications of this level are rare , according to Bea Carvalho, a fiction buyer for the Waterstones bookstore chain in London.

“It is by far the most important release of the year and one of the greatest cultural moments of the year she told Reuters.

Margaret Atwood says she focused on exploring what happened to Offred’s two daughters: the one taken before Gilead was created, whose name was never revealed in the original book , and the other with which she was pregnant in her last chapter.

The new novel, the contents of which have been largely kept under wraps, is narrated by three narrators linked to Offred.

Good to know

Translated into some fifty languages, Margaret Atwood is the author of 17 novels, 7 children’s books and nearly two dozen books of poetry.
Margaret Eleanor “Peggy” Atwood, born November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, received the Arthur-C.-Clarke Prize in 1987 for The scarlet maid.
She also won the Booker Prize in 2000 for her novel The Blind Assassin, published in Canada and France under the title Le tueur blind.


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Margaret Atwood one of the favorites to win the Booker Prize for Fiction

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