Margaret Atwood: "MaddAddam"

Margaret Atwood: "MaddAddam"

In the third book in a dystopian trilogy, Margaret Atwood writes about what happens to a small group of survivors after a pandemic wipes out most of humanity.

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood calls her latest novel “speculative” fiction. The book is the third in a dystopian trilogy about what happens to a small group of survivors after a plague wipes out most of humanity. Like her other novels, “The Handmaids Tale” and “Oryx and Crake,” her book is a cautionary tale about the future. Atwood creates a world rooted in environmental decay where a huge corporation acts as the government, with its employees living in fortified compounds while the vast underclass is overrun with violent gangs. Diane talks to Atwood about why she doesn’t consider her latest novel science fiction.

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Margaret Atwood

conservationist and author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and essays. Her internationally best-selling novels include "The Handmaid's Tale," "Cat's Eye" and "The Blind Assassin," winner of 2000 Booker Prize.

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Excerpt from "MaddAddam" by Margaret Atwood. Copyright 2013 by Margaret Atwood. Reprinted here by permission of Nan A. Talese. All rights reserved.

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