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Lincoln in the Bardo (Man Booker Golden Five)
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Lincoln in the Bardo (Man Booker Golden Five) (Paperback)

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The Golden Man Booker PrizeShortlisted for The Golden Man Booker Prize





WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 THE NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 FINALIST FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017 The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices - living and dead, historical and fictional - Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?



Fiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 01/02/2018 ISBN-13: 9781408871775  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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. 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. georgesaundersbooks.com

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Saunders is known for his short stories but he is about to be better known for this novel. A multi-layered, many-voiced symphony of U.S history that is incredibly also a tender and delicate paean to love in its many forms, not least that of a father for his boy.

Ed, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 14/06/2018

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