Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders
AUD $29.99
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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 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
February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Days later, 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 supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a strange purgatory called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo where ghosts mingle, squabble and commiserate, and a monumental struggle erupts over his soul -

Written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace,Lincoln in the Bardo invents a thrilling new form and confirms him as one of the most important 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?

Author bio:

George Saunders is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller Tenth of December, which won the Folio Prize 2014 and was shortlisted for the National Book Award 2013, an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone, and the critically acclaimed story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation. In 2013, he gave a graduation lecture at Syracuse University, which was then published as a New York Times bestselling book, Congratulations, by the way. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.
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Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781408871751
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: January 2017
Page Extent: 368
Format: Book
Subject: Fiction & related items

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