Anushka Aritri asked Margaret Atwood:
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(view spoiler)[Ms. Atwood! It's pleasure to be able to interact with you directly. Handmaid's Tale was an amazing book that I really treasured in high school - but its ending - the cliffhanger about what really happened to Offred, has always made me ponder and wonder. Could you please enlighten me as to how you see/saw Offred's fate unfold from that point forward? Did she get caught, or saved? (hide spoiler)]
Margaret Atwood Hello: Well, we know she made it at least as far as Maine. The thing about history is that a lot of people just vanish from it – either because they themselves vanish and/or change their names, or because records are destroyed. So I wanted the ending to be "real" in that way. I'm like you: I don't know. On Mondays I think maybe she didn't get out; but on Tuesdays I'm more hopeful.
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Margaret, To take just two of your Dystopian worlds--that of The Handmaid's Tale and that of the MaddAddam trilogy--each holds a place of exile, whether it's the Pleeblands or the Colonies. Do you think this (perhaps post-colonialist) trait is necessary for Dystopian fiction? What other traits are? A caste-system, surely, but what are less obvious elements that you think make up a Dystopian society?
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