Childhood in the midst of domestic abuse

‘It’s happened, I think. It’s finally happened. It’s like the end of a book. […] Anyway, what can we do about it, it is not like I haven’t lived through this in my mind over and over, as if I haven’t been through the pain or fear...

Reflections on The Handmaid’s Tale

Jelke Boesten explores the continuing relevance of The Handmaid’s Tale and its relationship to gender and memory. Picture: Anna and Elena Balbusso I read Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale (1985) when I was pregnant. I do not recommend doing so; any anxieties of aliens...