A specifically commissioned, unburnable version of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been auctioned for $130,000, Sotheby’s introduced Tuesday.
Proceeds will likely be donated to PEN America, which advocates at no cost expression worldwide. The 384-page guide consists primarily of Cinefoil, a specifically handled aluminum product, and was introduced final month at PEN’s annual fundraising gala. To assist promote the initiative, Atwood agreed to be filmed trying — unsuccessfully — to incinerate a prototype with a flame thrower.
“I’m very pleased that the one-of-a-kind Unburnable Book of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has raised so much money for PEN America,” the Canadian author said in a statement. “Free speech issues are being hotly debated, and PEN is a sane voice amidst all the shouting. The video of the book being torched by me and refusing to burn has now had a potential 5 billion views. We hope it raises awareness and leads to reasoned discussion.”
The fireproof guide was a joint mission by PEN, Atwood, Penguin Random House and two corporations based mostly in Toronto, the place Atwood is a longtime resident: the Rethink inventive company and The Gas Company Inc., a graphic arts and bookbinding specialty studio. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” one million vendor first launched in 1985, is a Dystopian novel a few merciless patriarchy generally known as the Republic of Gilead. It has been topic to numerous bannings since publication.