New Book 2012 "The Handmaid's Tale"

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is our latest science fiction illustrated book for The Folio Society Publisher, UK. We designed the cover in two colors and 7 color illustrations full-page inside. The book was printed in December 2011 and is already on sale on Foliosociety.com. "The Handmaid's Tale" was written by the celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood in 1985. It's a dystopian novel set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy

which has overthrown the United States government. The novel tells the story of Offred and her role as a Handmaid. The Handmaids are forced to provide children by proxy for infertile women of a higher social status, the wives of Commanders. They undergo regular medical tests, and in many ways become invisible, the sum total of their biological parts. It explores themes of women in subjugation.

About This Book: ‘Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perception, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit’ INDEPENDENT

About Margaret Eleanor Atwood (born November 18, 1939): She is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history; she is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice.

FOLIO BLOG: An Interview with the Balbusso sisters (Posted on November 10, 2011 by Melanie Gradtke, Production Manager)

"We really appreciate that Folio understood that this was a perfect book for us. For a long time we hoped for a book like this and we loved the challenge. The theme of a woman’s body appealed to our sensibility. The story gave us the opportunity to create strong graphic images.To give a visionary interpretation and to create the right atmosphere for the story, we chose a futurist tone with accentuated perspectives and strong light. We used few colours and with a prevalence of red, black and white. Futurism, Russian Constructivism and fascist-period design were our references. It was important to have a certain freedom of interpretation to better express what the writing suggests. It was very difficult to choose scenes and we gave up on many interesting options. Instead we tried to focus our attention on the woman’s body. Some situations in the story are very complex and we preferred to leave the interpretation of those to the readers of this exceptional text!". Anna and Elena