Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ talks Trump, dystopian politics and fake news

In recent weeks, the red dresses and white bonnets worn by women in Margaret Atwood’s bleak futuristic novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” have been popping up everywhere. They were seen on women walking in rows of two at South by Southwest, in television commercials for a forthcoming Hulu series based on the book, and even on protesters sitting in the Texas Senate last week.

The novel has surged in sales since the election of Donald Trump as president and since the Hulu series was announced. It is currently No. 5 on Amazon.com’s AMZN, -0.02%fiction best seller list.

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