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Eine verheerende nukleare Umweltkatastrophe hat dazu geführt, dass die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung unfruchtbar geworden ist. Eine fundamentalistische Gruppe übernimmt im Rahmen eines Putschs die Macht in den Vereinigten Staaten und entwickelt ein. The Handmaid's Tale – Der Report der Magd (Original: The Handmaid's Tale) ist eine US-amerikanische Fernsehserie, die auf dem Buch Der Report der Magd. Der Report der Magd (Originaltitel: The Handmaid's Tale) ist ein dystopischer Roman von Margaret Atwood aus dem Jahr Das Buch wurde unter. Die Hauptrolle auf der auf dem klassischen Roman von Margaret Atwood basierenden Geschichte der Dienerin spielt Elizabeth Moss. Die Geschichte handelt. The Handmaid's Tale: Die Zukunft meint es nicht gut mit den Menschen. Umweltkatastrophen haben dafür gesorgt, dass ein Großteil der weiblichen. bazarik.eu: Die zweite Staffel der preisgekrönten Bestseller-Verfilmung „​The Handmaid's Tale“ feiert am 6. November ihre. The Handmaid's Tale - Der Report der Magd ist eine Serie von Bruce Miller (II) mit Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne / Offred), Elisabeth Moss (Offred / June).

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The Commanders, portrayed via Commander Fred, do not agree with their own doctrines. The commander takes Offred at one point to a brothel in order to have sex with her in an informal setting apart from the Ceremony.

The wives, portrayed via Serena Joy, former television evangelist, disobey the rules set forth by their commander husbands. Serena smokes black market cigarettes, expresses the forbidden idea that men may be infertile, and schemes to get Offred impregnated by her chauffeur.

Christian churches that do not support the actions of the Sons of Jacob are systematically demolished, and the people living in Gilead are never seen attending church.

Priests unwilling to convert are executed and hanged from the Wall. Atwood pits Quaker Christians against the regime by having them help the oppressed, something she feels they would do in reality: "The Quakers have gone underground, and are running an escape route to Canada, as—I suspect—they would.

Jews are named an exception and classified Sons of Jacob. Offred observes that Jews refusing to convert are allowed to emigrate from Gilead to Israel, and most choose to leave.

However, in the epilogue, Professor Pieixoto reveals that many of the emigrating Jews ended up being dumped into the sea while on the ships ostensibly tasked with transporting them to Israel, due to privatization of the "repatriation program" and capitalists' effort to maximize profits.

Offred mentions that many Jews who chose to stay were caught secretly practicing Judaism and executed. The division of labour among the women generates some resentment.

Marthas, Wives and Econowives perceive Handmaids as promiscuous and are taught to scorn them. Offred mourns that the women of the various groups have lost their ability to empathize with each other.

They are divided in their oppression. The ritual requires the Handmaid to lie on her back between the legs of the Wife during the sex act as if they were one person.

The Wife has to invite the Handmaid to share her power this way; many Wives consider this both humiliating and offensive. Offred describes the ceremony:.

My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it the Commander is fucking. What he is fucking is the lower part of my body.

I do not say making love, because this is not what he's doing. Copulating too would be inaccurate because it would imply two people and only one is involved.

Nor does rape cover it: nothing is going on here that I haven't signed up for. The classification of utopian and dystopian fiction as a sub-genre of the collective term, speculative fiction , alongside science fiction , fantasy , and horror is a relatively recent convention.

See also: The Internet Speculative Fiction Database Dystopian novels have long been discussed as a type of science fiction, however, with publication of The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood distinguished the terms science fiction and speculative fiction quite intentionally.

In interviews and essays, she has discussed why, observing:. I like to make a distinction between science fiction proper and speculative fiction.

For me, the science fiction label belongs on books with things in them that we can't yet do, such as going through a wormhole in space to another universe; and speculative fiction means a work that employs the means already to hand, such as DNA identification and credit cards, and that takes place on Planet Earth.

But the terms are fluid. Atwood acknowledges that others may use the terms interchangeably, but she notes her interest in this type of work is to explore themes in ways that " realistic fiction" cannot do.

Among a few science fiction aficionados, however, Atwood's comments were considered petty and contemptuous.

The term speculative fiction was indeed employed that way by certain New Wave writers in the s and early s to express their dissatisfaction with traditional or establishment science fiction.

Clarke Award in She's been trying to live this down ever since. The Handmaid's Tale was well received by critics, helping to cement Atwood's status as a prominent writer of the 20th century.

Not only was the book deemed well-written and compelling, but Atwood's work was notable for sparking intense debates both in and out of academia.

Even today, many reviewers hold that Atwood's novel remains as foreboding and powerful as ever, largely because of its basis in historical fact.

For example, Mary McCarthy's New York Times review argued that The Handmaid's Tale lacked the "surprised recognition" necessary for readers to see "our present selves in a distorting mirror, of what we may be turning into if current trends are allowed to continue".

In the aftermath of the television series' debut in , there has been much debate on parallels drawn between the series and by extension, this book and American society following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and that of Mike Pence as Vice President of the United States.

Much of the discussion about The Handmaid's Tale has centered on its categorization as feminist literature. Atwood does not see the Republic of Gilead as a purely feminist dystopia, as not all men have greater rights than women.

When asked about whether her book was feminist, Atwood stated that the presence of women and what happens to them are important to the structure and theme of the book.

This aisle of feminism, by default, would make a lot of books feminist. However, she was adamant in her stance that her book did not represent the brand of feminism that victimizes or strips women of moral choice.

Some scholars have offered such a feminist interpretation, however, connecting Atwood's use of religious fundamentalism in the pages of The Handmaid's Tale to a condemnation of their presence in current American society.

Aisha Matthews tackles the effects of institutional structures that oppress woman and womanhood and connects those to the themes present in The Handmaid's Tale.

She first asserts that structures and social frameworks, such as the patriarchy and societal role of traditional Christian values, are inherently detrimental to the liberation of womanhood.

She then makes the connection to the relationship between Offred, Serena Joy, and their Commander, explaining that through this "perversion of traditional marriage, the Biblical story of Rachel, Jacob, and Bilhah is taken too literally.

The sexes are strictly divided. Gilead's society values white women's reproductive commodities over those of other ethnicities.

Women are categorized "hierarchically according to class status and reproductive capacity" as well as " metonymically colour-coded according to their function and their labour" Kauffman The Commander expresses his personal opinion that women are considered inferior to men, as the men are in a position where they have power to control society.

Women are segregated by clothing, as are men. With rare exception, men wear military or paramilitary uniforms. All classes of men and women are defined by the colours they wear, drawing on colour symbolism and psychology.

All lower-status individuals are regulated by this dress code. All "non-persons" are banished to the "Colonies". Sterile, unmarried women are considered to be non-persons.

Both men and women sent there wear grey dresses. The women, particularly the handmaids, are stripped of their individual identities as they lack formal names, taking on their assigned commander's first name in most cases.

This hierarchical society has forced women to come to terms with their inability to make decisions about their own bodies and lives. Sterile women, the unmarried, some widows, feminists, lesbians, nuns, and politically dissident women: all women who are incapable of social integration within the Republic's strict gender divisions.

Gilead exiles Unwomen to "the Colonies", areas both of agricultural production and deadly pollution. Joining them are handmaids who fail to bear a child after three two-year assignments.

Jezebels are women who are forced to become prostitutes and entertainers. They are available only to the Commanders and to their guests.

Offred portrays Jezebels as attractive and educated; they may be unsuitable as handmaids due to temperament. They have been sterilized, a surgery that is forbidden to other women.

They operate in unofficial but state-sanctioned brothels, unknown to most women. Jezebels, whose title also comes from the Bible note Queen Jezebel in the Books of Kings , dress in the remnants of sexualized costumes from "the time before", such as cheerleaders' costumes, school uniforms, and Playboy Bunny costumes.

Jezebels can wear make-up, drink alcohol and socialize with men, but are tightly controlled by the Aunts. African Americans , the main non-white ethnic group in this society, are called the Children of Ham.

A state TV broadcast mentions they have been relocated "en masse" to "National Homelands" in the Midwest, which are suggestive of the apartheid-era homelands Bantustans set up by South Africa.

Ana Cottle characterized The Handmaid's Tale as " white feminism ", noting that Atwood does away with black people in a few lines by relocating the "Children of Ham" while borrowing heavily from the African-American experience and applying it to white women.

Jews are given a choice between converting to the state religion or being "repatriated" to Israel. However, converts who were subsequently discovered with any symbolic representations or artifacts of Judaism were executed, and the repatriation scheme was privatized.

Many argue that readers cannot simply ignore the parallels between racism and sexism within The Handmaid's Tale. Many critics believe that Atwood chooses to erase the black community from the novel by sending them elsewhere in order to make the Republic of Gilead a white society.

Scholar Ben Merriman believes that Atwood's portrayal of society in The Handmaid's Tale mimics that of a society run on black slavery, due to the novel's heavy focuses on "sexual exploitation, isolation, and compelled ignorance that accompany severe economic and political powerlessness", which are themes often associated with African-American slavery.

Merriman accuses Atwood of purposely failing to acknowledge the parallels between her novel and the African-American experience.

In Gilead, Handmaids are forbidden to read or write and the men in charge control access to literacy. In black slavery, African-Americans had restrictions on literacy as well.

Additionally, The Handmaid's Tale is written as an oral narration of Offred's experiences; oral narration is a theme commonly associated with slave narratives.

In the novel's fictional fundamentalist society, sterile is an outlawed word. In this culture, women are either fruitful or barren, the latter of which are declared to be "unwomen" and are sent to the colonies with the rest of the "unwomen" to do life-threatening work until their death, which is, on average, three years.

Atwood emphasises how changes in context affect behaviours and attitudes by repeating the phrase "Context is all" throughout the novel, establishing this precept as a motif.

Offred expresses amazement at how "It has taken so little time to change our minds about things". Offred can read but not translate the phrase " nolite te bastardes carborundorum " carved into the closet wall of her small bedroom; this mock-Latin aphorism signifies "Don't let the bastards grind you down".

Atwood's novels, and especially her works of speculative fiction, The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake , are frequently offered as examples for the final, open-ended question on the North American Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam each year.

Atwood herself has expressed surprise that her books are being assigned to high-school audiences, largely due to her own censored education in the s, but she has assured readers that this increased attention from high-school students has not altered the material she has chosen to write about since.

Because the book has been frequently challenged or banned over the last thirty years, many people have expressed discontent at The Handmaid's Tale 's presence in the classroom.

Some of these challenges have come from parents concerned about the explicit sexuality and other adult themes represented in the book.

Others have argued that The Handmaid's Tale depicts a negative view of religion, a view supported by several academics who propose that Atwood's work satirizes contemporary religious fundamentalists in the United States, offering a feminist critique of the trends this movement to the Right represents.

And they are all the better for reading it. They are on the edge of adulthood already, and there's no point in coddling them," he said, adding, "they aren't coddled in terms of mass media today anyway" He said the book has been accused of being anti-Christian and, more recently, anti-Islamic because the women are veiled and polygamy is allowed But that "misses the point", said Brown.

In her earlier account 14 January , Rushowy reported that a Toronto District School Board committee was "reviewing the novel".

While noting that " The Handmaid's Tale is listed as one of the 'most frequently challenged books' from to on the American Library Association 's website", Rushowy reports that "The Canadian Library Association says there is 'no known instance of a challenge to this novel in Canada' but says the book was called anti-Christian and pornographic by parents after being placed on a reading list for secondary students in Texas in the s.

In November two parents in Guilford County, North Carolina protested against inclusion of the book on a required reading list at a local high school.

The parents presented the school board with a petition signed by 2, people, prompting a review of the book by the school's media advisory committee.

According to local news reports, one of the parents said "she felt Christian students are bullied in society, in that they're made to feel uncomfortable about their beliefs by non-believers.

She said including books like The Handmaid's Tale contributes to that discomfort, because of its negative view on religion and its anti-biblical attitudes toward sex.

In institutions of higher education, professors have found The Handmaid's Tale to be useful, largely because of its historical and religious basis and Atwood's captivating delivery.

The novel's teaching points include: introducing politics and the social sciences to students in a more concrete way; [69] [70] demonstrating the importance of reading to our freedom, both intellectual and political; [71] and acknowledging the "most insidious and violent manifestations of power in Western history" in a compelling manner.

The novel appears as a studied text on Ireland's Leaving Certificate examination for school-leavers. In November , Atwood announced the sequel, titled The Testaments , which was published in September From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Episodes Seasons. Won 2 Golden Globes. Edit Cast Series cast summary: Elisabeth Moss June Osborne 46 episodes, Amanda Brugel Rita 36 episodes, Madeline Brewer Janine Lindo 34 episodes, Max Minghella Nick Blaine 34 episodes, Yvonne Strahovski Serena Joy Waterford 31 episodes, Joseph Fiennes Fred Waterford 29 episodes, Ann Dowd Aunt Lydia Clements 29 episodes, Samira Wiley Moira Strand 28 episodes, Nina Kiri Alma 24 episodes, O-T Fagbenle Luke Bankole 21 episodes, Bahia Watson Edit Storyline A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead.

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Goofs Although all guards security personnel have earphones, there's always a radio chatter audible. Quotes Moira : Hey, that shit is contagious.

You want to see your baby girl again? Then you need to keep your fucking shit together.

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As "Mayday" is the name of the Gilead resistance, June could be an invention by the protagonist. The Nunavut conference covered in the epilogue takes place in June.

The Commander says that he was a scientist and was previously involved in something similar to market research before Gilead's inception.

Later, it is hypothesized, but not confirmed, that he might have been one of the architects of the Republic and its laws. Presumably, his first name is "Fred", though that, too, may be a pseudonym.

He engages in forbidden intellectual pursuits with Offred, such as playing Scrabble , and introduces her to a secret club that serves as a brothel for high-ranking officers.

Offred learns that the Commander carried on a similar relationship with his previous handmaid, who later killed herself when his wife found out.

In the epilogue, Professor Peixoto speculates that one of two figures, both instrumental in the establishment of Gilead, may have been the Commander, based on the name "Fred".

It is his belief that the Commander was a man named Frederick R. Waterford who was killed in a purge shortly after Offred was taken away, charged with harbouring an enemy agent.

Serena Joy is a former televangelist and the Commander's wife in the fundamentalist theonomy. The state took away her power and public recognition, and tries to hide her past as a television figure.

Offred identifies Serena Joy by recalling seeing her on TV when she was a little girl early on Saturday mornings while waiting for the cartoons to air.

Believed to be sterile although the suggestion is made that the Commander is sterile, Gileadean laws attribute sterility only to women , she is forced to accept that he has use of a handmaid.

She resents having to take part in "The Ceremony", a monthly fertility ritual. She strikes a deal with Offred to arrange for her to have sex with Nick in order to become pregnant.

According to Professor Pieixoto in the epilogue, "Serena Joy" or "Pam" are pseudonyms; the character's real name is implied to be Thelma.

Ofglen is a neighbour of Offred's and a fellow Handmaid. She is partnered with Offred to do the daily shopping. Handmaids are never alone and are expected to police each other's behaviour.

Ofglen is a member of the Mayday resistance. In contrast to Offred, she is daring. She knocks out a Mayday spy who is to be tortured and killed in order to save him the pain of a violent death.

Offred is told that when Ofglen vanishes, it is because she has committed suicide before the government can take her into custody due to her membership in the resistance, possibly to avoid giving away any information.

A new handmaid, also called Ofglen, takes Ofglen's place, and is assigned as Offred's shopping partner. She threatens Offred against any thought of resistance.

In addition, she breaks protocol by telling her what happened to the first Ofglen. Nick is the Commander's chauffeur, who lives above the garage. By Serena Joy's arrangement, he and Offred start a sexual relationship to increase her chance of getting pregnant.

If she were unable to bear the Commander a child, she would be declared sterile and shipped to the ecological wastelands of the Colonies.

Offred begins to develop feelings for him. Nick is an ambiguous character, and Offred does not know if he is a party loyalist or part of the resistance, though he identifies himself as the latter.

The epilogue suggests that he really was part of the resistance, and aided Offred in escaping the Commander's house. Moira has been a close friend of Offred's since college.

In the novel, their relationship represents a female friendship that the Republic of Gilead tries to block. A lesbian, she has resisted the homophobia of Gilead society.

Moira is taken to be a Handmaid soon after Offred. She escapes by stealing an Aunt's pass and clothes, but Offred later finds her working as a prostitute in a party-run brothel.

She was caught and chose the brothel rather than to be sent to the Colonies. Moira exemplifies defiance against Gilead by rejecting every value that is forced onto the citizens.

Luke was Offred's husband before the formation of Gilead, having divorced his first wife to marry her. Under Gilead, all divorces were retroactively nullified, resulting in Offred being considered an adulteress and their daughter illegitimate.

Offred was forced to become a Handmaid and her daughter was given to a loyalist family. Since their attempt to escape to Canada, Offred has heard nothing of Luke.

She wavers between believing him dead or imprisoned. Pieixoto is the "co-discoverer [with Professor Knotly Wade] of Offred's tapes". In his presentation at an academic conference, he talks about "the 'Problems of Authentication in Reference to The Handmaid's Tale ' ".

The novel is set in an indeterminate dystopian future, speculated to be around the year , [24] with a fundamentalist theonomy ruling the territory of what had been the United States but is now the Republic of Gilead.

Individuals are segregated by categories and dressed according to their social functions. Complex dress codes play a key role in imposing social control within the new society and serve to distinguish people by sex, occupation, and caste.

The action takes place in what once was the Harvard Square neighbourhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts ; [25] [26] Atwood studied at Radcliffe College , located in this area.

In Gilead, the bodies of fertile women are politicized and controlled. The North American population is falling as more men and women become infertile though in Gilead, legally, it is only women who can be the cause of infertility.

Gilead's treatment of women is based upon a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, meaning that women are the property of and subordinate to their husband, father, or head of household.

They are not allowed to do anything that would grant them any power independent of this system. They are not allowed to vote, hold a job, read, possess money, or own anything, among many other restrictions.

Gilead is within you" HT 5. This describes that there is no way around the societal bounds of women in this new state of government.

Handmaids, being not allowed to wed, are given two-year assignments with a commander, and lose their own name: they are called "Of [their Commander's first name]", such as the novel's protagonist, known only as Offred.

When a handmaid is reassigned, her name changes with her. Their original identities are suppressed. However, while being re-educated as handmaids, they surreptitiously share their names with each other.

In this book, the government appears to be strong though "no one in Gilead seems to be a true believer in its revolution" Beauchamp.

The Commanders, portrayed via Commander Fred, do not agree with their own doctrines. The commander takes Offred at one point to a brothel in order to have sex with her in an informal setting apart from the Ceremony.

The wives, portrayed via Serena Joy, former television evangelist, disobey the rules set forth by their commander husbands.

Serena smokes black market cigarettes, expresses the forbidden idea that men may be infertile, and schemes to get Offred impregnated by her chauffeur.

Christian churches that do not support the actions of the Sons of Jacob are systematically demolished, and the people living in Gilead are never seen attending church.

Priests unwilling to convert are executed and hanged from the Wall. Atwood pits Quaker Christians against the regime by having them help the oppressed, something she feels they would do in reality: "The Quakers have gone underground, and are running an escape route to Canada, as—I suspect—they would.

Jews are named an exception and classified Sons of Jacob. Offred observes that Jews refusing to convert are allowed to emigrate from Gilead to Israel, and most choose to leave.

However, in the epilogue, Professor Pieixoto reveals that many of the emigrating Jews ended up being dumped into the sea while on the ships ostensibly tasked with transporting them to Israel, due to privatization of the "repatriation program" and capitalists' effort to maximize profits.

Offred mentions that many Jews who chose to stay were caught secretly practicing Judaism and executed. The division of labour among the women generates some resentment.

Marthas, Wives and Econowives perceive Handmaids as promiscuous and are taught to scorn them. Offred mourns that the women of the various groups have lost their ability to empathize with each other.

They are divided in their oppression. The ritual requires the Handmaid to lie on her back between the legs of the Wife during the sex act as if they were one person.

The Wife has to invite the Handmaid to share her power this way; many Wives consider this both humiliating and offensive.

Offred describes the ceremony:. My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it the Commander is fucking.

What he is fucking is the lower part of my body. I do not say making love, because this is not what he's doing. Copulating too would be inaccurate because it would imply two people and only one is involved.

Nor does rape cover it: nothing is going on here that I haven't signed up for. The classification of utopian and dystopian fiction as a sub-genre of the collective term, speculative fiction , alongside science fiction , fantasy , and horror is a relatively recent convention.

See also: The Internet Speculative Fiction Database Dystopian novels have long been discussed as a type of science fiction, however, with publication of The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood distinguished the terms science fiction and speculative fiction quite intentionally.

In interviews and essays, she has discussed why, observing:. I like to make a distinction between science fiction proper and speculative fiction.

For me, the science fiction label belongs on books with things in them that we can't yet do, such as going through a wormhole in space to another universe; and speculative fiction means a work that employs the means already to hand, such as DNA identification and credit cards, and that takes place on Planet Earth.

But the terms are fluid. Atwood acknowledges that others may use the terms interchangeably, but she notes her interest in this type of work is to explore themes in ways that " realistic fiction" cannot do.

Among a few science fiction aficionados, however, Atwood's comments were considered petty and contemptuous. The term speculative fiction was indeed employed that way by certain New Wave writers in the s and early s to express their dissatisfaction with traditional or establishment science fiction.

Clarke Award in She's been trying to live this down ever since. The Handmaid's Tale was well received by critics, helping to cement Atwood's status as a prominent writer of the 20th century.

Not only was the book deemed well-written and compelling, but Atwood's work was notable for sparking intense debates both in and out of academia.

Even today, many reviewers hold that Atwood's novel remains as foreboding and powerful as ever, largely because of its basis in historical fact.

For example, Mary McCarthy's New York Times review argued that The Handmaid's Tale lacked the "surprised recognition" necessary for readers to see "our present selves in a distorting mirror, of what we may be turning into if current trends are allowed to continue".

In the aftermath of the television series' debut in , there has been much debate on parallels drawn between the series and by extension, this book and American society following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and that of Mike Pence as Vice President of the United States.

Much of the discussion about The Handmaid's Tale has centered on its categorization as feminist literature. Atwood does not see the Republic of Gilead as a purely feminist dystopia, as not all men have greater rights than women.

When asked about whether her book was feminist, Atwood stated that the presence of women and what happens to them are important to the structure and theme of the book.

This aisle of feminism, by default, would make a lot of books feminist. However, she was adamant in her stance that her book did not represent the brand of feminism that victimizes or strips women of moral choice.

Some scholars have offered such a feminist interpretation, however, connecting Atwood's use of religious fundamentalism in the pages of The Handmaid's Tale to a condemnation of their presence in current American society.

Aisha Matthews tackles the effects of institutional structures that oppress woman and womanhood and connects those to the themes present in The Handmaid's Tale.

She first asserts that structures and social frameworks, such as the patriarchy and societal role of traditional Christian values, are inherently detrimental to the liberation of womanhood.

She then makes the connection to the relationship between Offred, Serena Joy, and their Commander, explaining that through this "perversion of traditional marriage, the Biblical story of Rachel, Jacob, and Bilhah is taken too literally.

The sexes are strictly divided. Gilead's society values white women's reproductive commodities over those of other ethnicities. Women are categorized "hierarchically according to class status and reproductive capacity" as well as " metonymically colour-coded according to their function and their labour" Kauffman The Commander expresses his personal opinion that women are considered inferior to men, as the men are in a position where they have power to control society.

Women are segregated by clothing, as are men. With rare exception, men wear military or paramilitary uniforms. All classes of men and women are defined by the colours they wear, drawing on colour symbolism and psychology.

All lower-status individuals are regulated by this dress code. All "non-persons" are banished to the "Colonies". Sterile, unmarried women are considered to be non-persons.

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