Canadian author Margaret Atwood attends a news conference at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Margaret Atwood will receive the 2017 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade on Sunday. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
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The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to receive a prestigious German literary award.Atwood's dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale", first published in 1985, has shot back up the bestseller lists after being made into an award-winning TV series depicting a totalitarian future in a United States where women are forced into sexual servitude.Atwood was attending the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, where she receives the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade on Sunday.Atwood, author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, said it was surprising to many that signs of totalitarianism were manifesting themselves in the United States of today.
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