A record number of books were banned or challenged in the United States last year.A problem that some consider unpleasant. Now, writer Margaret Atwood is responding to rising censorship by auctioning fireproof editions of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” one of America’s most frequently banned books.
in a video posted on sotheby’s site For “The Unburnable Book,” Atwood holds a flamethrower aimed at a printed version of a page made of heat-resistant material. cinefoil, sewn with nickel wire. Flames lick the book, but the pages remain.
“I never thought I’d fail trying to burn one of my books,” Atwood said in a statement.
The edition is “designed to protect this important story and stand as a powerful symbol against censorship,” the auction site explains.
With an estimated sales of $50,000 and $100,000, the auction will go to PEN America, which plans to use all proceeds to advocate for freedom of expression and support these efforts. First published in 1985, “The Handmaiden’s Tale” is a dystopian vision of a future America living under a theocracy in which women are deprived of their rights and strictly respected for their fertility.
Interest in ‘The Handmaiden’ is growing.Roe v. Wade, whose predictions that if confirmed would pave the way for states to severely curtail abortion rights in the United States, provoked observations of the book’s foresight and relevance to contemporary events by Roe v. Wade. I did.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” was one of America’s most challenging publications, which the American Library Association (ALA) noted as being a target for “vulgar and sexual expression.”
According to the ALA, there were a record 729 challenges for nearly 1,600 books in 2021, a doubling of 2020’s book ban efforts, and a surge in book ban efforts over the past year.
Atwood said in a statement that her book was “banned from all countries, sometimes from school districts, sometimes from libraries, like Portugal and Spain in the days of Salazar and Francoists.” She also said that, referring to Ray Bradbury’s classic, “I hope society doesn’t get to the point where we’re going to burn out wholesale books like we did in ‘Fahrenheit 451’.”
More recently, Barnes & NobleVirginia State Assemblyman and House Candidate have agreed to limit the sale of two books considered “obscene” to minors without parental consent. Candidate Tommy Altman has said he is running for Congress to protect freedoms, including freedom of the press. One of the books the two want to limit is Maia Kobabe’s memoir “Gender Queer,” the most challenging book of 2021.
“see [Atwood’s] Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said in a statement: “The classic novel about the dangers of oppression reborn in this innovative, unburnt edition is a timely reminder of what’s at stake in the fight against censorship.”