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An ‘Unburnable’ Copy of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Exists and The Author Used A Flamethrower to Prove It

Blessed be the book.

We all know about The Handmaid’s Tale and over the years, people can’t help but compare some aspects of real-life to the popular fictional books and tv series.

With that being said, I bet nobody expected something like this to exist…

An ‘Unburnable’ copy of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Exists and The Author Used A Flamethrower to Prove It!

Credit: Sotheby’s

In effort to raise awareness around increasing censorship and a surge in book-banning efforts in American schools, author Margaret Atwood and publisher Penguin Random House have released a single “unburnable” copy of The Handmaid’s Tale.

If you thought there was no possible way a book couldn’t burn, Margaret Atwood was seen using a flamethrower to prove it.

Credit: Sotheby’s

Margaret Atwood posted on Twitter about it saying:

“I never thought I’d be trying to burn one of my own books… and failing”

Credit: Sotheby’s

According to the Sotheby’s website:

This single-copy special edition of The Handmaid’s Tale was produced in Toronto by the graphic arts specialty and bookbinding atelier The Gas Company Inc. The Unburnable Book was manufactured by print-and-bindery master craftsman Jeremy Martin. Fireproof materials and processes were researched and tested by Doug Laxdal.

Credit: Sotheby’s

The fireproof version of the book is currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s New York on Wednesday with a high estimate of $100,000.

Proceeds will go towards PEN America, a literary and free expression advocacy organization.

I find this super cool and sends a strong message about censorship and banning of books everywhere.

Credit: Sotheby’s