Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The story of the maid. The famous dystopia starring Defred, who Hulu has become a television phenomenon (in Spain you can see it on HBO) and in a symbol of women's rights two decades after it was published – it was published in 1985 -, a young woman converted into maid, luck of slave without rights in the new born republic of Gilead, a United States that has retreated centuries in time to settle in an abominable patriarchal authoritarianism, will have a second part that will take by title The Testaments (The Testaments) and that it will arrive at bookstores on September 10 of next year. A Spain will arrive shortly after, via Salamandra.
The action of The Testaments it will be narrated not by one of the protagonists, as it was in its predecessor – it is Defred the voice that the reader listens when he reads–, but for three of them. And it will be set 15 years after the last, and shocking, scene, the moment when the door of the van closes and Defred leaves for a future of the most uncertain, one in which we do not know if there will be some freedom, more torture and prison asphyxiation, or who knows if even the only thing that awaits him when the door of the van reopens is death. The only thing we know at the moment is what Atwood said.
And what he has said is that everything that readers have asked him during this time – since the series recaptured the novel, a cult classic in the ever less visible world of fantasy – has inspired him to shape This sequel, that is, that she herself has answered questions that she did not even know she had done in the first part. The other inspiration? "The world we live in today," he said. Not in vain, the novel – above all, thanks to the series – has become, as we said, a symbol of women's rights in the Trump Era, or the Era of Make America Great Again, which threatens, as in history, to return the country to another time, a time in which nothing still threatened the aforementioned patriarchal authoritarianism. At 79, Atwood has moved a chip. We will see how whatever he is imagining converges with his television twin, already narratively speaking, far from the original story.