Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

Author:   George Saunders
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Pages:   368
Publication Date:   14 February 2017
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WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 A NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 `It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force' Sunday Times The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, 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 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?

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Author:   George Saunders
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Edition:   Export/Airside
Weight:   0.559kg
ISBN:  

9781408871751


ISBN 10:   1408871750
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   14 February 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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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 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


George Saunders's brilliant debut novel about a grieving Lincoln confirms him as a literary star ... To read Saunders's fiction is to be dazzled by ingenuity, imagination and searing comic verve ... A tender but trenchant reminder that America is and always has been many-voiced: not one story, but millions * Sunday Times * A luminous feat of generosity and humanism... Such is Saunders's magnificent portraiture that readers will recognize in this wretchedness and bravery aspects of their own characters as well -- Colson Whitehead * New York Times * The most strange and brilliant book you'll read this year ... Riotously imagined ... So intimate and human, so profound, that it seems like an act of grace * Financial Times * Dazzling and disorientating ... As you turn the pages of this remarkable novel it starts to feel uncannily like a hinge in American history * The Times * It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force ... Steeped in morality, it's a master-feat of vitality * Sunday Times * A breathtakingly agile narrative ... A brilliant, exhausting, emotionally involving attempt to get up again, to fight for empathy, kindness and self-sacrifice, and to resist -- Alex Clark * Observer * A surreal metaphysical drama about grief and freedom ... A father-son narrative that is both hilarious and haunting -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * Evening Standard * Saunders's extraordinary verbal energy is harnessed, for the most part, in the service of capturing the pathos of everyday life ... It is Saunders's beautifully realized portrait of Lincoln - caught at this hinge moment in time, in his own personal bardo, as it were - that powers this book -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * A masterpiece -- Zadie Smith * New York Times * An incredible work of art. Deeply moral, heartfelt, hilarious, and wildly imaginative * Buzzfeed * A strange and haunting novel - his highly anticipated first, after decades of short-story wizardry - about the effect the dead have on the living, and the living on the dead * Economist * The story canters along ... The writing constantly surprises * Mail on Sunday * Lincoln in the Bardo has great matters on its mind: freedom and slavery, the spirit and the body. But it is, finally, about Abraham Lincoln, that great spectral presence in a whole subgenre of American fiction * New Yorker * 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 This is a book that confounds our expectations of what a novel should look and sound like * Washington Post * The much anticipated long-form debut from the US short-story maestro does not dissapoint * 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 * A historical novel like no other - a supernatural ensemble extravaganza of awesome intricacy and somewhat perplexing purpose ... A feat of style ... A polyphonic spree that spins the head -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Telegraph * George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time * Khaled Hosseini * A cacophonous, genre-busting book inspired by the death of Abraham Lincoln's young son * Metro * 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 * 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 Swings from hilarious to crushing and back again with astonishing dexterity ... An exceptional novel ... Believe the hype * Chicago Review of Books * Strange, profound, melancholy ... In the final of Lincoln of the Bardo, the realities of death and loss are faced head-on ... Historical fiction will never be the same * Newsday * The author may have set out to write his first novel, but the work he completed is a genre unto itself * The Atlantic * An unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative * Elle * One of the strangest books of mainstream fiction around, competing only with some of Saunders's own story collection for unbridled inventiveness * GQ * A matterlightblooming phenomenon. Loud and big. Exploding with grief and, more so, hope. And better left undescribed until you yourself reach the end * Time * It's only February but this will undoubtedly be considered one of the best books of 2017 * Huffington Post * Wonderfully bizarre and hilariously terrifying examination of the ability to live and love * Poets & Writers * Moving and inventive tour de force * Sunday Times * Fiction taken to a new realm, and a work of sheer brilliance * GQ * This astounding novel pitches you into the strangest of places ... Brilliant * Psychologies * Devastatingly moving * People * Along with the wonderfully bizarre, empathy abounds in Lincoln * Time * A strange, wise novel, truer in its expression than many ostensibly historical novels * New Humanist * Tremendously moving ... Surpasses all expectations. This is a masterpiece * Sunday Express * An urgently political, profoundly moral book, albeit one so playful and so fantastical that the reader may hardly notice * Economist * A joyous, comically macabre exploration of love, death and loss ... Bursting with life -- Book of the Week * Bristol Post * Saunders is defined by a crackling, electric kind of empathy; by the kind of humbling understanding that simply comes from trying to look further, understand more, know deeper -- Joseph Earp * The Brag * A hands-down masterpiece - the subject of Abraham Lincoln and the genius of this author is a perfect union ... I wept while reading this book. It is singular - I've never read anything quite like it -- Jeffrey Tambor * International New York Times * I literally couldn't put it down ... Hilarious to poignant to really moving * Irish Country * Surprising, daring, emotionally wrenching and warm-hearted * Sunday Times, Summer Reading, `Our Top Five' * Fact and fiction mingle in this affecting portrait of a grieving president * Financial Times, Summer Reading * Best known for his critically acclaimed short stories, this is Saunders' first full-length novel, told with tenderness, imagination and wit * Zoe Apostolides, Daily Telegraph, Summer Reading * It's like a gothic, American Under Milk Wood * The Times, Summer Reading * I met the amazing George Saunders at a recent festival and can't wait to read Lincoln in the Bardo * Anne Enright, Irish Times * George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo is an extraordinary act of poignant literary virtuosity about love, death, ghosts and history, starring the grieving president * Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Summer Reading * I was won over by the sheer brio, writerly flourish and humanity of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which imagines a disputatious convocation of the dead observing the US president as he mourns his son * Nick Curtis, Evening Standard, Summer Reading * From his short stories, we might have expected Saunders's long-awaited first novel to be some sprawling vision of a future America. In fact, it's a historical novel - albeit one like no other ... It's an admirable feat of style * Daily Telegraph, Summer Reading * I'll be working my way on backwards through George Saunders, having been hooked conclusively by Lincoln in the Bardo, tonal whimsies and all. I'm presently on Tenth of December, but I expect to have reached The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by the time we go on holiday * Francis Spufford, Guardian, Summer Reading *


George Saunders's brilliant debut novel about a grieving Lincoln confirms him as a literary star ... To read Saunders's fiction is to be dazzled by ingenuity, imagination and searing comic verve ... A tender but trenchant reminder that America is and always has been many-voiced: not one story, but millions * Sunday Times * A luminous feat of generosity and humanism... Such is Saunders's magnificent portraiture that readers will recognize in this wretchedness and bravery aspects of their own characters as well -- Colson Whitehead * New York Times * The most strange and brilliant book you'll read this year ... Riotously imagined ... So intimate and human, so profound, that it seems like an act of grace * Financial Times * Dazzling and disorientating ... As you turn the pages of this remarkable novel it starts to feel uncannily like a hinge in American history * The Times * It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force ... Steeped in morality, it's a master-feat of vitality * Sunday Times * A breathtakingly agile narrative ... A brilliant, exhausting, emotionally involving attempt to get up again, to fight for empathy, kindness and self-sacrifice, and to resist -- Alex Clark * Observer * A surreal metaphysical drama about grief and freedom ... A father-son narrative that is both hilarious and haunting -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * Evening Standard * Saunders's extraordinary verbal energy is harnessed, for the most part, in the service of capturing the pathos of everyday life ... It is Saunders's beautifully realized portrait of Lincoln - caught at this hinge moment in time, in his own personal bardo, as it were - that powers this book -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * A masterpiece -- Zadie Smith * New York Times * An incredible work of art. Deeply moral, heartfelt, hilarious, and wildly imaginative * Buzzfeed * A strange and haunting novel - his highly anticipated first, after decades of short-story wizardry - about the effect the dead have on the living, and the living on the dead * Economist * The story canters along ... The writing constantly surprises * Mail on Sunday * Lincoln in the Bardo has great matters on its mind: freedom and slavery, the spirit and the body. But it is, finally, about Abraham Lincoln, that great spectral presence in a whole subgenre of American fiction * New Yorker * 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 This is a book that confounds our expectations of what a novel should look and sound like * Washington Post * The much anticipated long-form debut from the US short-story maestro does not dissapoint * 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 * A historical novel like no other - a supernatural ensemble extravaganza of awesome intricacy and somewhat perplexing purpose ... A feat of style ... A polyphonic spree that spins the head -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Telegraph * George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time * Khaled Hosseini * A cacophonous, genre-busting book inspired by the death of Abraham Lincoln's young son * Metro * 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 * 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 Swings from hilarious to crushing and back again with astonishing dexterity ... An exceptional novel ... Believe the hype * Chicago Review of Books * Strange, profound, melancholy ... In the final of Lincoln of the Bardo, the realities of death and loss are faced head-on ... Historical fiction will never be the same * Newsday * The author may have set out to write his first novel, but the work he completed is a genre unto itself * The Atlantic * An unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative * Elle * One of the strangest books of mainstream fiction around, competing only with some of Saunders's own story collection for unbridled inventiveness * GQ * A matterlightblooming phenomenon. Loud and big. Exploding with grief and, more so, hope. And better left undescribed until you yourself reach the end * Time * It's only February but this will undoubtedly be considered one of the best books of 2017 * Huffington Post * Wonderfully bizarre and hilariously terrifying examination of the ability to live and love * Poets & Writers * Moving and inventive tour de force * Sunday Times * Fiction taken to a new realm, and a work of sheer brilliance * GQ * This astounding novel pitches you into the strangest of places ... Brilliant * Psychologies * Devastatingly moving * People * Along with the wonderfully bizarre, empathy abounds in Lincoln * Time * A strange, wise novel, truer in its expression than many ostensibly historical novels * New Humanist * Tremendously moving ... Surpasses all expectations. This is a masterpiece * Sunday Express * An urgently political, profoundly moral book, albeit one so playful and so fantastical that the reader may hardly notice * Economist * A joyous, comically macabre exploration of love, death and loss ... Bursting with life -- Book of the Week * Bristol Post * Saunders is defined by a crackling, electric kind of empathy; by the kind of humbling understanding that simply comes from trying to look further, understand more, know deeper -- Joseph Earp * The Brag * A hands-down masterpiece - the subject of Abraham Lincoln and the genius of this author is a perfect union ... I wept while reading this book. It is singular - I've never read anything quite like it -- Jeffrey Tambor * International New York Times * I literally couldn't put it down ... Hilarious to poignant to really moving * Irish Country * Surprising, daring, emotionally wrenching and warm-hearted * Sunday Times, Summer Reading, `Our Top Five' * Fact and fiction mingle in this affecting portrait of a grieving president * Financial Times, Summer Reading * Best known for his critically acclaimed short stories, this is Saunders' first full-length novel, told with tenderness, imagination and wit * Zoe Apostolides, Daily Telegraph, Summer Reading * It's like a gothic, American Under Milk Wood * The Times, Summer Reading *


A masterpiece -- Zadie Smith New York Times 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


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


A masterpiece -- Zadie Smith New York Times 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 The much anticipated long-form debut from the US short-story maestro does not dissapoint Guardian 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 debut novel by the short-story supremo George Saunders. Set in 1862 in a cemetery in Washington, it has drawn high praise from first readers New Statesman A cacophonous, genre-busting book inspired by the death of Abraham Lincoln's young son -- Claire Allfree Metro


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George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the 2017 Man Booker 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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