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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

Author: George Saunders
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorAn Indie Next PickA Publishers Weekly Top 10 Spring Literary FictionFebruary 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state -- called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo -- a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.
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The extraordinary Booker -Prize winning novel by the bestselling National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War


 


 

Awards

>> WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 <<

Reviews

George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time -- Khaled Hosseini

A morally passionate, serious writer ... He will be read long after these times have passed -- Zadie Smith

He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him -- Jonathan Franzen

An astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny -- Thomas Pynchon

Saunders is a writer of arresting brilliance and originality, with a sure sense of his material and apparently inexhaustible resources of voice ... Scary, hilarious and unforgettable -- Tobias Wolff

There is no one better, no one more essential -- Dave Eggers

Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does -- Junot Diaz

Saunders is a true original - restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane -- Jennifer Egan

Reading George Saunders is, it's safe to say, like no other literary experience -- Observer

No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Surreal and puncturing -- Margaret Atwood

Funny, poignant - in flashes, deeply moving - light as a feather and consistently weird -- Hari Kunzru

There is really no one like him. He is an original - but everyone knows that -- Lorrie Moore

Part of the reason it's so hard to talk about him is the shared acknowledgment among writers that Saunders is somehow a little more than just a writer... [He] writes like something of a saint. He seems in touch with some better being -- Joshua Ferris

Author description

George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short-story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.


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General Fields

  • : 9781408871751
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : January 2017
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : George Saunders
  • : Paperback
  • : Export/Airside ed
  • : English
  • : 813/.54
  • : 368