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Lincoln in the Bardo


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George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize and the Premio Rezzori prize, which was also shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize. 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.


A masterpiece -- Zadie Smith * New York Times *
Must be one of my favourite novels. What a warm, kindhearted and radical piece of writing. Such delicacy, such serious wit. I love it -- Max Porter
An early contender for 2017's Man Booker, a highly affecting novel about Abraham Lincoln's grief at the loss of his young son * Sunday Times *
The much anticipated long-form debut from the US short-story maestro does not dissapoint * Guardian *
The debut novel by the short-story supremo George Saunders. Set in 1862 in a cemetery in Washington, it has drawn high praise * New Statesman *
A cacophonous, genre-busting book inspired by the death of Abraham Lincoln's young son * Metro *
Filled with wit and sadness ... It is an immensely powerful work. In the hands of the right imagination, the horror of individual loss can become an extraordinarily humane exploration of the beauty and the value of life, however painful * Guardian *
An original father-son tale that expertly blends history and fiction (and even the supernatural), Lincoln in the Bardo explores grief, loss, life, death * Buzzfeed Year Ahead in Books *
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
Stunning ... Lincoln in the Bardo is a triumph ... In Lincoln in the Bardo Saunders has reinvented the form * Bookseller *
A strange but brilliant study of grief and bereavement * Mail on Sunday, `Sizzling summer reads' *

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