The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood ; art & adaptation, Renée Nault.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Margaret Atwood's best-loved novel has taken the world by storm again. Riding high on bestseller lists for months and the basis for Hulu's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning smash hit series, The Handmaid's Tale is everywhere--and it's primed for a stunning new graphic novel adaptation. The story is iconic: In the Republic of Gilead, a Handmaid named Offred lives in the home of the Commander, to the purpose that she become pregnant with his child. Stripped of her most basic freedoms, (work, property, her own name), Offred remembers a different time, not so long ago, when she was valuable for more than her viable ovaries, when she was mother to a daughter she could keep, and when she and her husband lived and loved as equals. Darkly prescient, scathingly sarcastic, and eminently frightening, The Handmaid's Tale has only gained relevance since it was originally published, and remains one of the most powerful, widely read stories of our times. This illustrated edition is a must-have for Atwood's growing legions of fans"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Other Titles:
      Hand maid's tale : the graphic novel.
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    • ABNT:
      ATWOOD, M.; NAULT, R.; ATWOOD, M. The handmaid’s tale. First edition. [s. l.]: Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, 2019. ISBN 9780385539241. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Atwood M, Nault R, Atwood M. The Handmaid’s Tale. First edition. Nan A. Talese, Doubleday; 2019. Accessed October 1, 2020.
    • APA:
      Atwood, M., Nault, R., & Atwood, M. (2019). The handmaid’s tale (First edition.). Nan A. Talese, Doubleday.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Atwood, Margaret, Renee Nault, and Margaret Atwood. 2019. The Handmaid’s Tale. First edition. Nan A. Talese, Doubleday.
    • Harvard:
      Atwood, M., Nault, R. and Atwood, M. (2019) The handmaid’s tale. First edition. Nan A. Talese, Doubleday. Available at: (Accessed: 1 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Atwood, M, Nault, R & Atwood, M 2019, The handmaid’s tale, First edition., Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, viewed 1 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Atwood, Margaret, et al. The Handmaid’s Tale. First edition., Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Atwood, Margaret, Renee Nault, and Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale. First edition. Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Atwood M, Nault R, Atwood M. The handmaid’s tale [Internet]. First edition. Nan A. Talese, Doubleday; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 1]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2

*Starred Review* Given the evergreen veneration of Atwood's dystopic classic that, since its 1985 publication, has spawned audio, film, radio, theater, opera, and ballet incarnations and, most recently, the wildly popular television series, this graphic novel was certainly inevitable. Canadian artist Nault is credited with the illustrations, while both Nault and Atwood appear on the copyright page for adaptation; with a faithful narrative ensured, Nault spectacularly transforms lines and color into fear, resignation, desperation, and the tiniest glimmers of hope. Handmaid Offred, in her sweeping red robe, must survive her third posting, manipulated by the Commander, disdained by his wife, and coerced into cooperation in exchange for any news about her young daughter from "before." Whether her work is contained in panels (the orderly march to the shops) or across a double-­page spread (the hanging bodies against the Wall—"we're supposed to look"), Nault draws with precision; most piercing throughout are her affecting use of color (red—"the colour of blood"—and its portentous hues of orange, crimson, rust) and scale (the indistinguishable handmaids trapped in plain sight). She adds softness when Offred recalls her past, with less-saturated colors for happier memories and the thickened, darker lines for the repetitive nightmares. With Atwood's announcement of a September 2019 sequel, The Testaments, fans may find Nault's vision to be an ideal refresher. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 October #2

Booker Prize winner Atwood needs no introduction and neither does her classic The Handmaid's Tale, on our minds now more than ever. (Have you been watching Hulu's Golden Globe Award-winning series?) The illustrations in this graphic-format adaptation come form Canadian artist Nault, whose watercolor-and-ink illustrations can be found in books, magazines, newspapers, and advertising worldwide.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 February #4

Equal parts gorgeous and horrifying, Nault's adaptation faithfully follows both the plot and style of Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel. Narrator Offred lives in Gilead, a United States that is both unrecognizable and too familiar: the government strips women of their freedom in the name of protecting them, discards the old and infirm, and loves fetuses more than the living. Offred says, "Everything Handmaids wear is red: the color of blood, which defines us." Nault's reds are rich and layered watercolors, rust to flame. In one frame, she draws hanged Handmaid bodies as drooping crimson flowers. Nault's semiabstracted interpretations of traumatic scenes are stronger than the story's more pedestrian moments, when it's hard not to feel the flatness of the pale characters' expressions. Painting life in Gilead's toxic, war-torn Colonies, Nault takes great advantage of the graphic form. In Atwood's text, exile is frightening because it is a void. Here the cancer-eaten jaw of an "unwoman" worker is on full display. Atwood fans may shrug at another incarnation of this classic, but it's skillfully done and likely to appeal to younger readers; the tale's relevance and Nault's talent are undeniable. (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.