Margaret Atwood is opening up about the world while Donald Trump is the President of United States.
The legendary Canadian author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is comparing Trump’s America to the novel and the hit television show based on it.
“We’re not living in Gilead yet, but there are Gilead-like symptoms going on,” she told ABC News’ “Nightline”.
Gilead, the world which “The Handmaid’s Tale” is based, is what’s left of the US after a – what Atwood imagined – cataclysmic civil war.
Gilead’s terrifying world striped women out of their basic rights, where they are forbidden to read or write, fertile women are enslaved, raped, and forced to bear children for the ruling class.
And according to Atwood, 78, Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 election that left many worried and scared is what drives the successes of the show.
“People woke up on the 9th of November, people in the show, and they said we’re in a different show. Nothing about the show had changed,” she said. “But, the frame had changed.”
And Canada plays a very important role in the series, “Canada is the escape. It’s not the Utopia. It’s where you try to get to so you won’t be you know killed, locked up, those things,” Atwood said. “And it has been that before. It was that for escaping slaves before the American Civil War, it was certainly that during the Vietnam War and it has been that at various other times.”
As for secrets on the current season two, “My lips are sealed,” Atwood teased. “But you will be surprised. You will be surprised and then you will be surprised again and then after that, you will also be surprised.”