“Freedom, like everything else, is relative.”
The best quotes from The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s iconic dystopian novel, are as chilling today as they were when audiences first read them in 1985. The book depicts a New England ruled by a totalitarian theocracy—a sexist, racist, ableist and homophobic government that has evolved into a militarized regime. Atwood’s bleak depiction of a near-future United States has continued to resonate with readers, who bumped the novel to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list in the weeks after Trump’s inauguration.
To celebrate Hulu’s TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, which premieres today, we’ve collected 10 classic quotes from the text. Enjoy browsing the gallery, and remember, nolite te bastardes carborundorum.