Atwood goes apocalyptic with mixed results

Literary fiction; The Heart Goes Last, By Margaret Atwood, Bloomsbury, €25.50

27th September, 2015
Margaret Atwood’s latest novel is set in a dystopian US of the future which is close to collapseLiam Sharp

Margaret Atwood is a master of mistrust. From her dystopian regimes of The Handmaid’s Tale or the recent MaddAddam trilogy, to her impenetrable convict narrator of Alias Grace, to the culture of cruelty among young girls in the wonderful Cat’s Eye, things are rarely as they appear in the Canadian author’s fiction.

Her new novel, The Heart Goes Last, seems at first to be classic Atwood. Speculative fiction, the...

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