By Margaret Atwood
In honor of the 30th anniversary of The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood describes how she got here to jot down her utopian, dystopian works.
The note “utopia” comes from Thomas More’s ebook of an analogous name—meaning “no place” or “good place,” or either.
In “Dire Cartographies,” from the essay assortment In different Worlds, Atwood cash the time period “ustopia,” which mixes utopia and dystopia, the imagined excellent society and its contrary. each one includes latent types of the opposite.
Following her highbrow trip and becoming familiarity with ustopias fictional and genuine, from Atlantis to Avatar and Beowulf to Berlin in 1984 (and 1984), Atwood explains how years after leaving behind a PhD thesis with chapters on reliable and undesirable societies, she produced novel-length dystopias and ustopias of her personal.
“My ideas for The Handmaid’s story were simple,” Atwood writes. “I wouldn't placed into this publication something that humankind had now not already performed, someplace, someday, or for which it didn't have already got the tools.” With nice wit and erudition, Atwood unearths the historical past in the back of her loved creations.