August 14, 2022

Sadly, a lot of the dystopian future Margaret Atwood imagined in The Handmaid’s Story has been mirrored in our present actuality. Regardless of its deserves, the novel has typically been on the middle of rising e book bans, and Atwood has responded with an unburnable version introduced with a kickass video of the writer utilizing a flamethrower. Watch the announcement beneath.

Printed via Penguin Random Home, the one-off run might be auctioned via Sotheby’s New York via June seventh, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit group PEN America, which works to defend free expression throughout the US and worldwide.

The idea for the fireproof version was created by Robbie Percy and Caroline Friesen on the Rethink artistic company, who got here up with the concept once they heard about a whole bunch of books being probably banned from Texas faculty libraries.

To convey the concept to life, Toronto graphic arts and bookbinding specialty studio The Fuel Firm Inc. used a specifically handled aluminum product known as Cinefoil after which sewed the manuscript along with nickel copper wire. Fuel Firm proprietor Doug Laxdal advised AP that the e book might solely be destroyed with a shredder — maybe the following version of The Handmaid’s Story can sort out that difficulty?

Place a bid for an unburnable copy of The Handmaid’s Story right here.

In fact, The Handmaid’s Story stays as topical as ever, with the US Supreme Court docket anticipated to overturn Roe v. Wade later this yr. Hulu’s Elisabeth Moss-starring adaptation was renewed for a fifth season in December 2020, and Atwood’s 2019 sequel, The Testaments, can be headed for the streamer.

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