Why you should read The Blind Assassin, one of Atwood's lesser known novels
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Margaret Atwood, a monumental figure in the literary world and a champion of women’s voices, celebrates her birthday today. An influential author, poet and essayist, Atwood has changed the face of fiction over the past fifty years. Her seminal work, The Handmaid’s Tale, fashioned a new genre (speculative fiction) and has been the inspiration of countless debates, movements and adaptations. Yet, The Handmaid’s Tale is not Atwood’s only work. Another of Atwood’s novels which delves into the realm of the female voice is The Blind Assassin.
Image courtesy of Flickr user colddayPublished in 2000, The Blind Assassin takes the reader back to 1920s Canada, a time of cultural upheaval following the turmoil of the first world war. The narrative is split between the memoirs of the novel’s aging protagonist, Iris Chase and a roman à clef, also called The Blind Assassin, written by her younger sister, Laura.
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