'The Handmaid's Tale' Book Covers from Around the World

Posted by Cybil on April 25, 2017
"We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print," Offred says in The Handmaid's Tale. "It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories."

First published in 1985, Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel is back on bestseller lists, thanks to a charged political climate and a brand-new television adaptation, starring Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. The first three episodes premiered this week on Hulu.

To mark the occasion, we took a look at the most creative, unsettling, and gorgeous covers of the The Handmaid's Tale, from exclusive audiobook covers to editions from around the world. (Click the covers to find out more information about each edition.)











Which book cover is your favorite? Tell us why in the comments!

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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I need all of these, but my Japanese cover is one of my favs!


message 2: by Jakub (new)

Jakub Věžník The Scrabble one is brilliant.


message 3: by Nell (last edited Apr 26, 2017 04:53AM) (new)

Nell It's hard to identify these since they don't have any labels. My favorite is the Vintage Classic with the outline of a woman's body from the back so she's anonymous, the blooming flowers on her upper body, fingerprints on her lower body and the brick walls entrapping her. That best conveys the themes of the book. I also like the large red cover that has no person depicted. Instead there are vines connecting symbols (hands, syringes, bleeding hearts, etc.)


message 4: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez The vintage cover that has flowers and no body, the large red cover with white flowers and the Scrabble one. I haven't read the book yet but seeing these covers makes me want to although I'm not usually one to judge a book solely on its cover. Interesting post.


message 5: by Indru (new)

Indru Check out the Romanian edition, by far my favorite:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 6: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I like the Georgian and the Vintage Classic ones.
The one with the feet, I don't get. They don't even look like an adult woman's feet and tell nothing about the story.

Now I suppose the US version will be redone with Elizabeth Moss' face all over it. Seems like every time a book gets made into a movie or series, the cover art goes out the window.


message 7: by Christina (new)

Christina There's something haunting and beautiful about the 6th cover- the alternative paperback with the painted cover.


message 8: by Cherie (new)

Cherie I like the Italian one, it says something about Offred herself.


message 9: by Fernando (new)

Fernando I can't find it in spanish. So sad...


message 10: by Eddie (new)

Eddie season 1.. episode 1..
1/2 way through it
2 words
'holy crap'


message 11: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Love all of these except the cover with the feet (really not to my tastes). I don't judge books by their covers but when a book has a beautiful/interesting cover it is a bonus!

Can't wait to watch the series. One of my favourite books and I love Samira Wiley so I'm looking forward to seeing her in it. I don't have Hulu though so I'll have to find it somewhere else.


message 12: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Eddie wrote: "season 1.. episode 1..
1/2 way through it
2 words
'holy crap'"


A good holy crap or a bad one? (I'm hoping the former but it would be good to know if I should expect the latter)


message 13: by Eddie (new)

Eddie GOOD HOLY CRAP... sorry :)


MariaStefania -  Маша The Italian edition is out of print.


message 15: by Dominique (new)

Dominique The typical one we see here in Canada is the one with the rounded brick wall, and two handmaids in red with white bonnets walking inside the walled space. Apart from that one, all the Vintage editions are amazing, as is the Georgian cover!


message 16: by Eddie (new)

Eddie the show was filmed in ontario... with the red and whie...


message 17: by Shay (new)

Shay Ben woahhhh!


(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ nicole ♥ They're so cool, but I like the 5th one where there is a woman kneeling down in a red dress and the last one that has scrabble-like (scrabble - I mean the game) pieces on it with the letters 'Atwood' on them. 😜


message 19: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Those are amazing!


message 20: by A.M.G. (new)

A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮ I like the Georgian cover (first one from the images above) because it represents perfectly what the "purpose" of a Handmaid is, the whole point of why they exist under that title. It represents the ideal handmaid as per the expectations of society in the story, and gives a lot of insight and intrigue into Atwood's tale even before one starts reading the novel.


message 21: by Wissam (new)

Wissam Arabic cover for reference, although it's meh.

http://nct.gov.eg/media/catalog/produ...


message 22: by LaToya (new)

LaToya The 6th one is my favorite!


message 23: by Kyle (new)

Kyle  Huneycutt I really like the 5th one. The geometric shapes and, in particular, her contorted hands, really draw my eye. They're all wonderful, though.


❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀ The Vintage covers are gorgeous.


message 25: by Colibri (new)

Colibri Πουθενά το Ελληνικό εξώφυλλο. Μα γιατί;;; :P *γυρίζω τα μάτια μου*


message 26: by Selena (new)

Selena I think you guys should feature awesome covers from around the world for other books too sometime. :D


message 27: by Molly (new)

Molly Now I suppose the US version will be redone with Elizabeth Moss' face all over it. Seems like every time a book gets made into a movie or series, the cover art goes out the window.

Right? I hate that. I adored Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and now all the covers I see in the stores are from the TV show (set & filmed in California and not Australia where it takes place.....). Makes me crazy.


message 28: by Molly (new)

Molly My favourite is for sure the first image. Very creepy.


Cate (The Professional Fangirl) I own the scrabble cover. :)


message 30: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Cate (The Professional Fangirl) wrote: "I own the scrabble cover. :)"

I'm trying to find it online and it's proving impossible. Can I snag the ISBN please? =)


message 31: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jennifer wrote: "Cate (The Professional Fangirl) wrote: "I own the scrabble cover. :)"

I'm trying to find it online and it's proving impossible. Can I snag the ISBN please? =)"


Aha just kidding, of course it would pop up as soon as I ask someone!


message 32: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Fernando wrote: "I can't find it in spanish. So sad..."

Cover is meh, but here's the Spanish edition:

El cuento de la criada by Margaret Atwood


message 33: by David (new)

David I've owned this book for years. Didn't know there was a TV adaptation happening. Perhaps it's finally time to read this.


message 34: by Eddie (new)

Eddie indeed.. and American Gods comes out Sunday!!! :)

www.trakt.tv


message 35: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Christina wrote: "There's something haunting and beautiful about the 6th cover- the alternative paperback with the painted cover."

I agree Christina.


message 36: by Amanda (last edited Apr 26, 2017 10:31PM) (new)

Amanda Jennifer wrote: "I need all of these, but my Japanese cover is one of my favs!"

is there a japanese one? do you mean the georgian?


message 37: by Sigrid (new)

Sigrid I'm reading the Dutch/ Flemish version
Het verhaal van de Dienstmaagd  by Margaret Atwood


message 38: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra Thank you ...!


message 39: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Eddie wrote: "GOOD HOLY CRAP... sorry :)"

Haha. No worries! I thought that was what you meant but just wanted to double check. That's very good to hear, now I'm even more excited for it!


message 40: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Selena wrote: "I think you guys should feature awesome covers from around the world for other books too sometime. :D"

Agreed! I would love for this to become a regular thing.


message 41: by Francesca (new)

Francesca This is like porn for book lovers!


message 42: by Ankit (new)

Ankit Saxena I like the one from Vintage Publishers. The editing of this Publication is best and the artwork for any books' cover by them is best.


message 43: by Sandro (new)

Sandro I choose Georgian one, I would give Italian second place.


message 44: by Tanjeena (new)

Tanjeena Toki nice! my fav is in the third row, the right one.


message 45: by Berber (new)

Berber STOP SPAMMING THE HANDMAID'S TALE


message 46: by Eliza (new)

Eliza I like the first cover


message 47: by Poli (new)

Poli Indru wrote: "Check out the Romanian edition, by far my favorite:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2..."


I've got a Portuguese version very similar to the Romanian one (although it's not the version I read) and I must agree with you the Romanian and Portuguese versions are by far more pretty.
http://static.fnac-static.com/multime...


message 48: by Kyriakos (new)

Kyriakos Sorokkou Colibri wrote: "Πουθενά το Ελληνικό εξώφυλλο. Μα γιατί;;; :P *γυρίζω τα μάτια μου*"

Ίσως γιατί το ελληνικό έχει ενα μονότονο και βαρετό εξώφυλλο;


message 49: by Kyriakos (new)

Kyriakos Sorokkou Greek cover is boring as hell but here it is.
Η ιστορία της πορφυρής δούλης by Margaret Atwood


message 50: by Roberto (new)

Roberto Baptister Kyriakos wrote: "Greek cover is boring as hell but here it is.
Η ιστορία της πορφυρής δούλης by Margaret Atwood"

Hahaha


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