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Margaret Atwood's dystopian view of the future

The award-winning and prolific Canadian author Margaret Atwood discusses her writing and the power of storytelling with Talking Books’ Razia Iqbal.

Margaret Atwood is among the most respected fiction authors in recent history. Hailing from Canada, she is a novelist as well as a poet and essayist. A prolific writer, she has published over 30 critically-acclaimed books and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize five times, winning once with The Blind Assassin (2000).

Atwood’s interest in science and politics has led her to write futuristic dystopian fiction, including The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), which has sold millions of copies worldwide, and The Robber Bride (1993). Maddaddam, the final book in the Oryx and Crake trilogy, was published in August 2013.

Themes in her work include dealing with the past, memory and how we tell stories about ourselves. She speaks with Talking Books’ Razia Iqbal about her novels, science fiction, and the importance of storytelling.

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